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THORN-INDUCED "TUMORS" OF BONE
DONALD J. MAYLAHN
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
1952 by The American Orthopaedic Association, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 1952 Apr 01;34(2):386-388
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Abstract

Certain plant thorns in or near bone can cause a reaction in this tissue which may simulate a neoplasm or granuloma. The author has been able to uncover three cases. It is not known whether other organic material will cause a similar reaction. It is evident that most organic materials, such as catgut, do not cause such response in bone.

The physician should maintain a high degree of suspicion to rule out the possibility of organic material causing reaction in bone and consider it in the roentgenographic differential diagnosis of bone neoplasia.

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