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Giant Cell Tumor of the Ribs and Aneurysmal Bone Cyst Presenting With Hemothorax in a Child

Alias, Hamidah MD*; Doris Lau, Sie Chong MMed*; Loh, C-Khai MRCPCH*; Ishak, Mohd Izzuan MBBCh, BAO*; Mohammed, Fazarina DrPath; Jamal, Rahman PhD; Abdul Latif, Hasniah MMed*

Erratum

We would like to raise our concerns over an article authored by Hamidah Alias and Rahman Jamal entitled “Giant Cell Tumor of the Ribs and Aneurysmal Bone Cyst Presenting with Hemothorax in a Child” (J Pediatr Hematol Oncol 2017; 39: e463–e465). 1 We are aware that the authors regularly publish in your journal.

We are the experts who successfully operated on the child and stabilised the growth of the tumor with serial embolization ( pediatric surgical team and interventional radiology ). The authors have admitted that the patient was successfully treated by surgical resections and arterial embolization. She has remained well for 4 years after the initial surgery (see highlighted sentences in the attached document).

The two surgeries performed on the child were extremely difficult and challenging; especially during the first surgery when the child had massive hemothorax, there was in fact no ribs resection as mentioned in the article. There was an initial embolization prior to first surgery and series of embolization post-surgery which was not clearly explained in the article. The interventional radiology team was successful at each attempt of embolization and responsible to ensure the tumour ceased to grow further.

We hope you will acknowledge the correction and our contribution accordingly. Thanking you in advance for your consideration and cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

PROFESSOR DR. DAYANG ANITA ABDUL AZIZ

Senior Consultant Pediatric Surgeon &, Head of Pediatric Surgery UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC)

PROFESSOR DR. MAHMUD MOHD NOR

Adjunct Professor of Pediatric Surgery UKMMC

DR. ROZMAN ZAKARIA

Senior Consultant Interventional Radiologist and Neuroradiologist UKMMC

C.c. Professor Dr. Zaleha A Mahdy; Dean, Faculty of Medicine UKM

Professor Dr. Fuad Ismail; Chairman of Ethics Committee UKM

Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 40(5):416, July 2018.

Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: November 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 8 - p e463–e465
doi: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000000960
Online Articles: Clinical and Laboratory Observations
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Erratum

Giant cell tumor (GCT) is one of the most common tumors of bone and is the most common precursor of aneurysmal bone cysts (ABC). The clinical behavior of concurrent GCT and ABC can be very aggressive in children. GCT of the ribs, with or without ABC, is rarely seen in children. We report a case of an 8-year-old girl with GCT and associated ABC of the ribs who presented with sudden onset of chest pain and breathlessness due to a hemothorax. The patient was successfully treated by surgical resections and arterial embolization. She has remained well for 4 years after the initial surgery.

Departments of *Pediatrics

Pathology, Faculty of Medicine

UKM Medical Molecular Biology Institute, National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Hamidah Alias, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, National University of Malaysia, UKM Medical Centre, Cheras 56000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (e-mail: midalias@ppukm.ukm.edu.my).

Received November 9, 2016

Accepted July 12, 2017

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