Widespread inflammatory response to osteoblastoma: the flare phenomenon.
- Author(s): Crim, JR;
- Mirra, JM;
- Eckardt, JJ;
- Seeger, LL
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1148/radiology.177.3.2243998
A case of vertebral osteoblastoma caused a diffuse, reactive inflammatory infiltrate in two vertebrae, adjacent ribs, and the paraspinous soft tissues. The authors call this the flare phenomenon. On magnetic resonance images the diffuse inflammatory response caused a misleading appearance that simulated a malignant process (lymphoma or Ewing sarcoma). A computed tomographic myelogram was diagnostic.