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Carcinoid Tumor of the Coccyx: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Krasin, Elisha, MD*; Nirkin, Alexander, MD; Issakov, Josephine, MD; Rabau, Micha, MD§; Meller, Itzhak, MD

Case Reports

Study Design.  Report of a patient with a carcinoid tumor of the coccyx.

Objectives. To describe the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of a patient with a carcinoid tumor of the coccyx and to review the relevant medical literature in English.

Summary of Background Data.  No reports of a carcinoid tumor of the coccyx were found in the literature. Seven reports of carcinoid of the sacrum are described.

Methods. Clinical history, magnetic resonance imaging studies, and light and electronic microscope micrographs are reviewed.

Results. A coccygeal mass was detected during evaluation of coccygodynia in a 40-year-old woman. Four years after extended coccygectomy, there are no signs of local tumor recurrence.

Conclusions. Carcinoid tumor of the coccyx is extremely rare. An extended coccygectomy may lead to a cure or at least to a prolonged disease-free interval.

From the *Department of Orthopedics, the †National Unit of Orthopedic Oncology, the ‡Institute of Pathology, and the §Department of Surgery, the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Acknowledgment date: March 24, 2000.

First revision date: June 19, 2000.

Second revision date: January 5, 2001.

Acceptance date: January 22, 2001.

Device status category: 1.

Conflict of interest category: 12.

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Elisha Krasin, MD

The Department of Orthopedics A

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center

6 Weizman Street

Tel Aviv 64239, Israel


© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.