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1 BONE INFECTION MIMICKING BONE TUMORS: HOW TO MAKE THE DISTINCTION? M. ATTIA, M. CHELLI BOUAZIZ, A. KAMMOUN , M F. LADEBMUSCULOSKELETAL : MK 25
2 INTRODUCTIONBone infection often mimics bone tumors on imaging and clinical information is not always relevant for the diagnosis. An erroneous diagnosis may be responsible for delayed, ineffective or excessively mutilating treatments having severe consequences for the patient.The purpose of this presentation is to review the key elements for establishing a correct diagnosis of bone infection.
3 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF BONE INFECTION Bone infection may result from hematogenous spread, direct extension from a contiguous source or direct implantation and post surgeryOsteomyelitis is the prototype of bone infection. Infective organisms present in the blood stream embolize in the sinusoidal vessels of the metaphysis. Septic venous thrombosis provokes interruption of endosteal and periosteal blood supply and secondarily bone necrosisIf infection is not eradicated during the acute phase, subacute or chronic osteomyelitis can occur. This can be related either to inadequate therapy or to a specific host resistance to the infection.
4 Chronology of radiological changes NormalSoft tissue swellingDemineralizationOsteolysisPeriosteal reactionMRIRadiographs/CTAbnormal bone marrow signalD7D15D21
5 RADIOGRAPHS AND CT: OSTEOLYSIS Results from inflammatory reaction and septic necrosis of bone trabeculaeMost common in long bone metaphyses and diaphysesPresents as an ill defined radiolucent medullary area (Lodwick IC) (fig. 1) secondarily extending to the cortex in a moth eaten (Lodwick II) or permeative (Lodwick III) patternCT provides a better analysis of trabecular and cortical bone osteolysis and may show non specific increased bone marrow density due to inflammatory infiltration. Presence of gas (fig. 2) or fat-liquid level in the medullary cavity is very specific of osteomyelitis in a non traumatic context.Fig 1: Acute osteomyelitis of the humerus: ill defined osteolysisRam PC et al. CT detection of intraosseous gas: a new sign of osteomyelitis. AJR 1981;137:Rafii M et al,. Hematogenous osteomyelitis with fat-fluid level shown by CT. Radiology 1984;153:Naidoo P. Extramedullary fat fluid level on MRI as a specific sign for osteomyelitis. Australas Radiol 2003;47:Fig 2: Activation of chronic osteomyelitis Transverse CT view of the tibia showing gas in the medullary cavity
6 RX AND CT MANIFESTATIONS: PERIOSTEAL REACTION A periosteal reaction is observed in half of acute, subacute or chronic osteomyelitis cases.It usually occurs early and is better diagnosed in children (fig. 3)It is detected earlier by CT rather than by radiographsPeriosteal reaction may be unilamellar, plurilamellar or compact. However, it is not specific of osteomyelitisFig 3: Subacute osteomyelitis of the tibia.AP radiograph shows a well circumscribed lytic lesion with compact periosteal reaction
7 RADIOGRAPHIC AND CT MANIFESTATIONS: SEQUESTRUM The sequestrum is a devitalized bone fragment surrounded by granulation tissue. It is present in more than 50% of chronic osteomyelitisIt usually appears on radiographs as a condensed bone fragment with irregular margins and radiolucent rim (fig. 4)The sequestrum is better detected by CT than by radiographsThe sequestum is characteristic of bone infectionHowever, the sequestrum is not absolutely specific of infection because it may be observed in histiocytosis, fibrosarcoma and may mimick a calcified osteoid osteoma nidusFig 4: intracortical sequestrum in a patient with subacute osteomyelitis of the tibia. Note also the bone reaction surrounding the infection (involcrum)
8 RADIOGRAPHIC AND CT MANIFESTATIONS: SOFT TISSUE ABNORMALITIES Radiographs and CT are relatively insensitive to soft tissue abnormalitiesUltrasound is the first method to diagnose subperiosteal or soft tissue collectionMRI allows an exhaustive study of bone and soft tissueSoft tissue calcifications or ossifications are rare in musculoskeletal pyogenic infections and usually observed in tumors (osteosarcoma) and pseudotumors (myositis ossificans circumscripta). However, they are characteristic of musculoskeletal tuberculosis and may also be observed in hydatidosis or mycoses.
9 MRI FINDINGS: BONE MARROW EDEMA MRI is very useful for the early diagnosis of musculoskeletal infectionIn acute osteomyelitis, MRI typically shows low to intermediate T1 ( fig 5) and high T2 signal intensity areas involving the medullary canal the cortex and the soft tissues, corresponding to bone marrow edemaFig 5: Acute osteomyelitis of the distal tibia. Bone marrow edema of low T1 signal
10 MRI FINDINGS: BONE MARROW EDEMA In subacute osteomyelitis, signal abnormalities are better circumscribed: intraosseous low T1 and high T2 signal intensity collections, sometimes containing a sequestrum of low T1 and T2 signal intensity (fig.6)In chronic osteomyelitis, the bone shows a heterogenous signal associating low T1 and high T2 intensity areas (fluid) and low T1 and T2 areas (sclerosis).Fig 6: Bone sequestrum with periosteal reaction. CT(A) and T2 weighted MR (B) appearance
11 MRI FINDINGS: BONE MARROW EDEMA Intravenous contrast administration enhances the periphery of bone collections and makes their detection easier (fig. 7)Bone marrow edema is a sensitive but not specific sign of osteomyelitis.Optional signs are more specific of this diagnosisFat globulesPenumbraDouble line
12 MRI FINDINGS: FAT GLOBULES Acute osteomyelitis causes septic necrosis of bone marrowFat sediments with pus may resulting in intra or extra-osseous fat-liquid levelsThe presence of fat in acute osteomyelitis may result from either the persistence of normal bone marrow surrounded by edema or the presence of linear or globular foci of necrotic bone marrow (fig. 7)The presence of fat in soft tissues is an indirect sign of cortical disruption (fig. 8)
13 ABFigure 7 : Acute osteomyelitis of the humerus (same patient as fig 1). Note the presence of fat into the osteomyelitis focus on T1 weighted sequence (A). Bone and soft tissue collection are well depicted by IV Gadolinium administration (B).
14 ABFigure 8 : Subacute osteomyelitis of the distal femur: the presence of fat in the soft tissue (B) and the cortical sequestration (A) are very specific of bone infection.
15 MRI FINDINGS: PENUMBRA SIGN Four concentric layers are observed on MRI (Fig 9):the center (pus) has a low T1 and high T2 signal intensitythe internal ring (abcess wall) has an intermediate T1 and high T2 signal intensitythe external ring (reactional sclerosis) has low T1 and T2 signal intensitythe peripheral area (bone edema) has low T1 and high T2 signal intensityFigure 9 : Penumbra sign in a Brodie’s abcess of the proximal tibia. The abcess wall internal aspect shows a high signal on T1 weighted sequence (A) and after fat suppression and Gadolinium administration (B).
16 MRI FINDINGS: PENUMBRA SIGN The penumbra sign (fig. 9) described on T1 weighted sequences corresponds to the relative hyperintensity of the internal ring compared to the other three layersHistologically, it corresponds to granulation tissue at the abcess wall (in bone, soft tissue or any other organ)This sign is specific of abcess (99%) but its sensitivity ranges from 27 to 75%
17 MRI FINDINGS: DOUBLE LINE SIGN The double line sign, described on T2 weighted sequences is less interesting . It corresponds to internal (hyperintense) and external (hypointense) rings (Fig 10).Its sensitivity is 22%Fig 10: Brodie’s abcess of the humerus. Transverse T2 weighted MRI shows a « double line » sign
18 TUBERCULOUS OSTEITIS Rare localization of musculoskeletal tuberculosis Axial and appendicular skeletonPseudotumoral appearanceMay be multifocal and mimick bone metastasesFig 12: tuberculous osteitis of the distal femurFig 13: Tuberculous spondylitis. CT appearanceFig 10:Tuberculous osteitis of the ischiumFig 11: Tuberculous osteitis of the ilium. CT appearance
19 BONE HYDATIDOSIS Parasitic infection caused by Echinococcus granulosus Bone is rarely involvedIt mainly occurs in thoracic spine, long bone localizations are rareRadiographs and CT typically show a multiloculated lytic lesion with sometimes pseudotumoral patternTransarticular extension is possibleUS and MRI: multicystic appearance
21 BRODIE ABSCESSBrodie abscess is a form of subacute osteomyelitis manifesting as a focal bone lucency that may contain a sequestrum and be surrounded by bone sclerosis. It usually involves long bone metaphyses, typically the distal femur or proximal tibia. Periosteal reaction may be absentDifferential diagnosis is the nidus of an osteoid osteoma that is a benign bone tumor occurring in children and young adults and presenting as a focal osteolysis (nidus), that may contain a central calcification, and peripheral bone sclerosis.Chronic osteomyelitis of the femurOsteoid osteoma of the glenoid process
22 SUBACUTE OSTEOMYELITIS Subacute osteomyelitis rarely presents as an isolated cortical hyperostosis.In this case, differential diagnosis includes osteoid osteoma and stress fractureSubacute osteomyelitis of the tibiaOsteoid osteoma of the femoral neckStress fracture of the tibia
23 CHRONIC OSTEOMYELITIS Chronic osteomyelitis occurs when acute osteomyelitis is insufficiently or inadequately treated. It usually manifests as a mixed lytic and sclerotic lesion. Moth eaten and permeative bone osteolysis, periosteal reaction and pathological fracture can also be observedDiiferential diagnosis of these aggressive bone osteolysis patterns include osteosarcoma and Ewing tumor, which are malignant primitive bone neoplasms.Ewing Tumor of the fibulaChronic osteomyelitis of the humerus
24 BRODIE’S ABCESSBrodie’s abcess usually presents on radiographs as a well circumscribed metaphyseal or metaphyso-epiphyseal lytic lesion surrounded by a sclerotic rim. Bone sequestrum and periosteal reaction may be absentThis radiographic pattern may be observed in giant cell tumor, and other benign or malignant bone tumors. In this example, telangiectasic osteosarcoma of the proximal tibia.Brodie’s abcess of the femurTelangiectasic osteosarcoma of the proximal tibia
25 CHRONIC OSTEOMYELITIS mixed lytic and sclerotic bone appearance associated with periostal reaction may correspond either to chronic osteomyelitis or osteosarcoma.In this case, MRI clearly depicted intra-osseous and soft tissue abcesses which allowed the diagnosis of chronic osteomyelitisChronic osteomyelitis of the femur
26 BONE LYMPHOMAmixed lytic and sclerotic bone appearance associated with periostal reaction.doubt about the presence of a bone sequestrum on CT images.MRI clearly show intra-osseous and soft tissue involvement.Bone biopsy: bone lymphoma
27 TUBERCULOUS SPONDYLITIS Lateral radiograph and Sagittal CT image showing sclerotic collapsed thoracic vertebra.The presence of intrasomatic gas and péri-vertebral calcification are against tumorMRI show disc preservation and bilobed epidural abcessvertebral biopsy : tuberculous spondylitis
28 OSTEOSARCOMAOsteosarcoma is a primitive malignant bone tumor occuring mainly in children and young adults. Radiographs may show osteolytic, sclerotic or mixed lytic and sclerotic pattern.The differential diagnosis is chronic osteomyelitis.In this case, the patient reported a two-year history of knee pain but inflammatory biological tests were negative.Bone biopsy concluded at a conventional osteosarcomaConventional osteosarcoma of the femur
29 CHRONIC OSTEOMYELITIS Another example of chronic osteomyelitis mimicking primary bone tumor (Ewing Tumor).In both cases, radiographs and CT show lytic and sclerotic bone appearance with soft tissue swelling.OMC Ilium F29Ewing tumor of the iliumChronic osteomyelitis of the ilium
30 CONCLUSION Bone infection often mimics bone tumors on imaging Clinical and biological information may be helpful but it is not always relevant for the diagnosis.An accurate analysis of radiographic, CT and MRI signs may be very useful to establish a correct diagnosis because some signs are very specific and allow to differentiate both entities.However, in some cases, positive diagnosis remains very difficult and bone biopsy is required.
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