Objective: To present a rare case of serous degeneration of bone marrow which resembles primary spinal tumor or bony metastasis to spine. Summary of background data: Serous degeneration of bone marrow or gelatinous marrow transformation is a rare disease characterized by focal marrow hypoplasia, fat atrophy, and accumulation of extracellular mucopolysaccharides abundant in hyaluronic acid. Few literature was reviewed and few clinical case was presented. Methods: Two cases of serous marrow transformation were reported. Results: In the first case, a 29-year-old man suffered from severe left buttock pain. Bone metastasis was impressed in radiology examinations. Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy was performed along with bone biopsy. In the second case, a 49-year-old man presented lower back pain with radiation to bilateral lower legs. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a water-like signal lesion in sacrum. Serous marrow transformation was confirmed pathologically in both cases. Conclusion: To the best of our knowledge, a case of serous degeneration of bone marrow resembling malignancy has not been reported in the literature. In this report, two cases demonstrate serous transformation of bone marrow mimics spinal tumor.
- Gelatinous marrow transformation
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Serous atrophy
- Serous degeneration
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine