Lower limb weakness: an unusual cause


  • Antony Leo Jerry Department of Pediatrics, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai Tamil Nadu, India
  • Sundari S. Department of Pediatrics, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai Tamil Nadu, India
  • Krithika A. P. Department of Pediatrics, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai Tamil Nadu, India




Costal osteochondroma, Laminectomy, Lower limb weakness, Paraparesis, Rare presentation, Spinal cord compression


Osteochondromas are usually tumours of the long bones and occurs rarely in other bones. Osteochondroma of rib causing spinal cord compression is a rare presentation with only 8 cases reported in literature involving similar presentation in pediatric age group. Our case is a boy who presented with paraparesis of acute onset. All the usual suspects were ruled out. The cause was found to be a solitary lesion arising from the head of the 3rd rib causing cord compression. Laminectomy and decompression with excision of the lesion was done. On HPE it showed features of osteochondroma. Post operatively the child recovered well, the weakness and sensations improved.

Author Biography

Krithika A. P., Department of Pediatrics, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai Tamil Nadu, India




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