Title
Brodie's abscess revisited
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
JBR-BTR
Volume/pages
93(2010) , p. 81-86
ISSN
1780-2393
ISI
000279469800006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Radiology plays an important role in the diagnosis of a Brodies abscess, as can be difficult for a clinician to identify the disease using clinical information alone. A Brodies abscess is clinically difficult to diagnose because patients typically have mild local symptoms, few or no constitutional symptoms, and near normal laboratory values. Furthermore, a Brodies abscess may mimic various benign and malignant conditions, resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment. The most frequently made incorrect diagnosis is that of a primary bone tumor. The present pictorial review summarizes imaging clues to the diagnosis of a Brodies abscess, such as the serpentine sign on conventional radiographs and the penumbra sign seen on Magnetic Resonance (MR) images. A Brodies abscess is difficult to diagnose, however, once diagnosed, it is a curable disease with a 100% cure rate.
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