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ILP of osteoid osteomas

Intersticial Laser Photocoagulation of osteoid osteomas


Osteoid osteoma is a benign neoplasm of bone. Osteoid osteoma occurs more often in men. The age range is from 2 to 50 years but 90% occurs before the age of 25. Osteoid osteoma produces local pain that is worse at night and improves dramatically with aspirin.The characterisic findings of this tumor in clinical and radiologic examinations can lead to a high level of diagnostic confidence in many instances.The treatment of this tumor is achieved with complete removal of the nidus. The conventional treatment is surgical or percutaneous excision. The ability to precisely control the treated area, a high degree of precision, applicability in joints, and an excellent dose-reponse characteristic makes Interstitial Laser Photocoagulation (ILP) a valuable treatment method for osteoid osteomas.

Fig 1: principle