We herein report an unusual case of Brodie's abscess of the radius in a child. A 13-year-old boy presented with pain on his right distal forearm. A plain radiograph showed an 8 cm translucent lesion in the distal radius. MRI showed a penumbra sign on the T1-weighted image, hyperintensity on T2-weighted images, and ring enhancement on the contrast-enhanced T1 image. 18F-FDG PET/CT images showed an uptake at the margin of the radius. Curettage and iliac cancellous bone grafting were undertaken for Brodie's abscess. Bacteriological examinations were found to be negative, however, the pathologic diagnosis showed chronic osteomyelitis. Eight months after surgery, the patient was asymptomatic and there was no sign of recurrence of infection. For Brodie's abscess in a child, thorough debridement is mandatory in addition to cancellous bone grafting. Brodie's abscess should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a patient who presents with forearm pain and exhibit the radiolucent osteolytic lesion on simple radiography.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine