Knee Surgery & Related Research 2017 Mar; 29(1): 69-71  https://doi.org/10.5792/ksrr.16.014
Fibrous Dysplasia in the Epiphysis of the Distal Femur
Jung Ho Noh1, and Jae Woo Lee2
1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea, 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kangwon National University Hospital, Chuncheon, Korea
Correspondence to: Jung Ho Noh, MD, PhD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, 1 Gangwondaehak-gil, Chuncheon 24341, Korea, Tel: +82-33-258-9213, Fax: +82-33-258-2149, E-mail: bestknee@hotmail.com
Received: February 20, 2016; Revised: April 13, 2016; Accepted: April 22, 2016; Published online: March 1, 2017.
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Abstract

Fibrous dysplasia is a common benign skeletal lesion that may involve a single bone or multiple bones. Although fibrous dysplasia can affect any bone, monostotic fibrous dysplasia of the long bone typically occurs in the diaphysis or metaphysis. We report a very rare case of monostotic fibrous dysplasia involving the epiphysis of the distal femur in a young man.

Keywords: Femur, Epiphysis, Fibrous dysplasia
Introduction

Fibrous dysplasia is a chronic condition of the bone in which abnormal tissue develops in place of a normal bone. Although any bone may be affected, fibrous dysplasia is commonly found in the diaphyses or metaphyses of long bones. Few cases of monostotic fibrous dysplasia involving the epiphysis have been reported. There have been no reports of the distal femoral epiphysis to the best of our knowledge. Here, we present a rare case of monostotic fibrous dysplasia arising in the epiphysis of the distal femur in a young man. Written informed consent was obtained from the patient to publish this case report, including the images.

Case Report

A 17-year-old man visited our hospital because of an abnormal finding on a simple radiograph of the right knee that was taken in a primary care clinic for constitutional varus knee. The subject reported no pain. Physical examination revealed no tenderness, swelling, effusion, or limitation of motion of the knee. He did not have any history of trauma or medical illnesses.

Plain radiographs of the right knee demonstrated a 25×25×20 mm well-defined multi-septated osteolytic lesion in the epiphysis of the distal femur with sclerotic rim. There was no significant change in the contour of the cortex (Fig. 1). Gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed (Fig. 2). The MRI showed an eccentric lobulated contoured mass in the lateral femoral condyle, which displayed heterogeneous intermediate signal intensity on a T1-weighted image and heterogeneous high signal intensity on a T2-weighted image. The lesion showed strong gadolinium enhancement. There was no metaphyseal or soft tissue encroachment. Neither was there significant bone marrow or soft tissue edema. Based on the radiologic findings, chondroblastoma, giant cell tumor, chondromyxoid fibroma, and fibrous dysplasia were considered as differential diagnoses.

Curettage and autogenous bone graft were performed through a cortical fenestration to prevent collapse of the articular surface. The mass was grossly gritty-feeling, firm, solid, and white. Histologic findings showed curvilinear trabeculae of metaplastic woven bone in a hypocellular, fibroblastic stroma (Fig. 3). Osteoblastic rimming was conspicuously absent. The fibroblastic stroma showed low cellularity and consisted of myxoid material in a collagenous matrix. Collections of foam cells with macrophages were also present. A few multinucleate giant cells were present. Fibroblastic proliferation and some foamy macrophages with disorganized bony trabeculae were histological features corresponding to fibrous dysplasia. The lesion did not recur during the 3-year follow-up period.

Discussion

Fibrous dysplasia accounts for 5%–7% of all benign bone tumors1) and may involve one bone (monostotic) or multiple bones (polyostotic). Although any bone may be affected, fibrous dysplasia is typically found in the diaphyses or the metaphyses in cases affecting long bones. Some authors have reported cases of polyostotic fibrous dysplasia involving the epiphyses2,3). However, epiphyseal involvement in monostotic fibrous dysplasia is extremely rare. To our knowledge, involvement of the distal femoral epiphysis, as in our subject, has not been previously reported. Monostotic fibrous dysplasia usually manifests between 20 and 30 years of age and most commonly affects the femurs or the ribs4,5). Monostotic lesions are generally asymptomatic and incidentally discovered1). However, they often enlarge in proportion to skeletal growth6). Diagnosis is usually based on clinical, radiographic, and histopathologic features7). On simple radiographs, fibrous dysplasia presents as a well-marginated peripheral sclerotic bone lesion; it shows a variety of patterns, which may be lucent, sclerotic, or mixed, or may have the appearance of ground glass, depending on the amount of bone trabeculae and fibrous elements. Differential diagnoses for such lesions should include epiphyseal lesions such as chondroblastoma, chondomyxoid fibroma, or giant cell tumor. Chondroblastoma is usually seen as a well-defined radiolucent lesion, with a margin that is either smooth or lobulated, and a thin sclerotic rim. However, intralesional calcification can be seen in up to 40%–60% of cases8,9). Chondromyxoid fibroma is often seen as a lobulated, eccentric radiolucent lesion, mostly with a well-defined sclerotic margin. Septation is seen in about 50% of cases and matrix calcification may also be present10). Giant cell tumor is usually lytic, eccentric, and often lacks a sclerotic rim. However, unusual variants may render radiographic diagnosis difficult, definite a diagnosis should be based on pathologic findings, especially in cases such as this one.

Although most cases of fibrous dysplasia are asymptomatic and do not progress with age, and thus do not require surgical treatment, juxta-articular lesions in weight-bearing joints, as in our case, may need a surgical treatment to prevent articular surface collapse leading to deterioration of joint function.

Figures
Fig. 1. Plain radiographs of the right knee show a radiolucent lesion with sclerotic contours in the epiphysis of the distal femur.
Fig. 2. Gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging shows an eccentric, lobulated mass with heterogeneous high signal intensity in the epiphysis of the lateral femoral condyle.
Fig. 3. (A) Microscopic findings of the excised lesion demonstrate spindle cells in a storiform pattern (arrows) around haphazard bony trabeculae and fibrous tissue stroma (H&E, ×40). (B) There is lack of osteoblast rimming surrounding the trabeculae (H&E, ×400).
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