|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 699-702
A rare case of an aneurysmal bone cyst of the temporal bone
Sarang Gotecha, Prashant Punia, Ashish Chugh, Anil Patil, Dushyant Kashyap, Vybhav Raghu, Shobhit Chhabra, Ankit Patel, Megha Kotecha
Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College and Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||06-May-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||13-Jan-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||28-Aug-2020|
Dr. Prashant Punia
Department of Neurosurgery, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College and Hospital, Sant Tukaram Nagar, Pimpri, Pune - 411 018, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs) are benign bone lesions mainly occurring at the metaphyseal end of long bones and are a rarity in the calvarium. The reported incidence of this lesion in the skull is 1% of all the ABC. It is a benign condition that may extend intracranially. We report here a case of a 3½-year-old male child who presented with a bony hard, painless, and gradually enlarging swelling over his right temporal region. Radiological investigations and histology revealed that the lesion was an ABC. A total surgical excision was achieved despite its intracranial extension along with the involvement of dura. Prognosis is excellent with total removal as a total surgical removal of the lesion is considered curative. The rarity of the lesion along with a good surgical result despite an intracranial extension with dural involvement prompted this report.
Keywords: Aneurysmal bone cyst, rare, temporal
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Gotecha S, Punia P, Chugh A, Patil A, Kashyap D, Raghu V, Chhabra S, Patel A, Kotecha M. A rare case of an aneurysmal bone cyst of the temporal bone. Asian J Neurosurg 2020;15:699-702
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Gotecha S, Punia P, Chugh A, Patil A, Kashyap D, Raghu V, Chhabra S, Patel A, Kotecha M. A rare case of an aneurysmal bone cyst of the temporal bone. Asian J Neurosurg [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jul 29];15:699-702. Available from: https://www.asianjns.org/text.asp?2020/15/3/699/293702
| Introduction|| |
Aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC) is a benign bony lesion, first described by Jaffe and Lichtenstein in 1942. Approximately 36%–50% of all ABCs are found in the metaphyseal end of long bones, and 25% may involve the vertebrae, hyoid, mandible, and adenoid., The reported incidence in the skull is 1% of all ABCs. Sixty-three cases of ABCs of the skull have been reported in the literature of which 11 were of the temporal bone. Most of the cases of ABC manifest before the age of 20 years. The pathogenesis of ABC is still obscure. An unusual case of ABC in the right temporal region of a very young child is reported here.
| Case Report|| |
A 3½-year-old male child [Figure 1] presented with gradually increasing painless swelling in the right temporozygomatic region for the past 8 months. He had occasional pain in the swelling for the past 3 months. On examination, a nontender mass was evident in the right temporozygomatic region measuring 6.5 cm × 5 cm × 2.5 cm, which was bony hard and fixed to the underlying bone with a smooth surface and a normal skin over the swelling. There was no neurological deficit. Systemic examination and examination of the long bones were normal. Hemoglobin was 12 g%, and all other routine investigations were within normal limits.
X-ray skull revealed a rounded, well-defined radiolucent area in the right temporal bone with ballooned out distension of periosteum, outlined by a paper-thin subperiosteal bone. Computed tomography (CT) scan head (plain and contrast) showed [Figure 2] an extra-axial, heterogeneous mixed density mass in the right temporal region with multiple internal loculations and fluid levels, taking variegated contrast enhancement. The mass was extending medially and compressing the right temporal lobe. The mass showed rapid enlargement with more fluid levels in the past 3 months. Three-dimensional CT scan with bony reconstruction images showed erosion of the petrous and sphenoid wing of the temporal bone with partial involvement of the zygomatic bone. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and angiography were not done.
|Figure 2: Computed tomography scan head (plain and contrast) showed an extra axial, heterogeneous mixed density mass in the right temporal region with multiple internal loculations and fluid levels, taking variegated contrast enhancement|
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Intraoperatively [Figure 3], control over the external carotid artery was taken in the neck. A right temporal question mark incision was taken, and the skin flap was raised with the temporalis muscle. The underlying temporal bone was thinned out and was perforated during exploration through which dark-colored blood was seen coming out from the lesion. The tumor was well-defined capsulated and was soft in consistency involving the adjacent petrous temporal bone and greater wing of sphenoid. The zygomatic bone was also removed. The tumor was densely adherent to the underlying dura, which was torn during dissection. To ensure a complete removal of the lesion, the cyst was removed along with the underlying adherent dura with a sufficiently wide margin. The dural defect was then repaired with artificial dura. Total surgical excision was achieved. Cranioplasty was achieved from the normal bone taken from the surroundings of the lesion. Split calvarial bone graft pieces [Figure 4] were harvested from this normal bone and these pieces were then used to bridge the bony defect which was caused due to removal of the bony lesion.
|Figure 3: Intraoperative image showing well-defined capsulated and was soft in consistency involving the adjacent petrous temporal bone and greater wing of sphenoid tumor was densely adherent to the underlying dura|
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|Figure 4: Three-dimensional recon image showing split calvarial bone graft placed intraoperatively|
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The patient was symptom free in postoperative period except for mild cerebrospinal fluid leakage from the right external auditory canal, which resolved spontaneously in 3 days with conservative management. No adjuvant therapy was required in the postoperative period.
Histopathological examination showed numerous dilated blood spaces which were devoid of endothelial cells. Large areas of extravasated blood were seen. The spaces were separated by collagenous and osteoid trabeculae, bordered by numerous multinucleated giant cell osteoclasts. Normal bony trabeculae being permeated by the lesion in the periphery was suggestive of ABC.
| Discussion|| |
ABC is a benign, nonneoplastic lesion of the bone commonly seen in younger age group, usually before the age of 20 years with equal sex distribution [Table 1].,,, They usually present as scalp masses and occasionally may present as intracranial space-occupying lesion  or with cerebral hemorrhage. Reviewing 63 cases, Sheikh et al. observed that the majority of ABCs occurred in the temporal and occipital bone. The exact pathogenesis of ABC is not well known; however, local trauma has been put forward as an important etiological factor.,,,
|Table 1: Reported cases of temporal aneurysmal bone cyst other than the present case|
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Edling  regarded ABC as one of the manifestations of solitary dysfibroplasia of bone, suggesting a defect in the development of the epiphyseal plate, but it does not explain its occurrence in mature bone. Jaffe  reported that a preexisting lesion of bone may initiate an osseous arteriovenous fistula. Lichtenstein  suggested that it could result from local circulatory disturbances, because of sudden vascular occlusion of venous drainage of that segment of bone or development of an A-V shunt, which resulted in the formation of progressive blood-filled spaces in the medulla, which may lead to gradual distension of the bone with atrophy.
Bony lesions such as fibrous dysplasia, chondrosarcoma, osteoclastoma, nonossifying fibroma, giant cell tumor, fibromyxoma, unicameral bone cyst, osteoblastoma, and cartilaginous hematoma of the chest wall of infants, were demonstrated to be associated with ABC.,
Jaffe  introduced the concept of ABC as a lesion with characteristic radiological appearance of ballooned out distension of the periosteum, usually outlined by a paper thin subperiosteal bone shell which is overlined by a region of disintegrated cortex.
CT scan is superior to plain radiology in defining extent and soft-tissue extension of an ABC, and particularly in the skull, multiple small fluid levels are important characteristics of ABC on CT scan, which represent the sedimentation of RBCs within the blood-filled cavities. MRI also shows fluid levels, particularly in the T1-weighted images. Other findings include complete delineation of the margin of the lesion by a rim of low-intensity signal and internal septations creating cystic cavities where wall contains diverticulum-like projection.
Several therapeutic modalities are used for the treatment of ABC, including simple curettage, complete surgical excision, radiotherapy, cryosurgery, and endovascular embolization.,,,
The treatment of choice for these lesions is total excision, as it is curative., Simple curettage is related with high recurrence rates varying from 21% of 50%. These lesions being nonneoplastic, the use of radiotherapy is not recommended although it is mentioned in literature and has been advocated for deeply situated lesions of the base of skull with dural involvement where subtotal excision is done, its effect is unclear. The suggested dose ranges from 600 to 3000 rads., Radiotherapy is however contraindicated in the treatment of ABC associated with fibrous dysplasia, as there are increased chances of malignant transformation. Chemotherapy has no role in the management of ABC.
Endovascular embolization plays an important role in preoperative devascularization of the lesion to reduce intraoperative bleeding. Endovascular embolization can be used in cases where the tumor is located in an area difficult for surgical resection.
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