Spinal Cord Compression in a Patient with Multiple Hereditary Exostoses Caused by Breast Adenocarcinoma Metastatic to Osteochondromas of the Spine: Case Report

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Kingsley R. Chin Medical Paper

Scientific Paper

Pandya NK1Auerbach JDBaldwin KLackman RDChin KR.

Interested medical professionals can read through the full paper, as published in Spine, here.

Study Design

Case report.


To report on thoracic spinal cord compression caused by a mass in a 66-year-old female with new onset of myelopathic symptoms and a history of multiple hereditary exostoses.

Summary of Background Data

To our knowledge, there have been no previous reports of spinal cord compression in a patient with multiple hereditary exostoses caused by breast adenocarcinoma metastatic to osteochondromas of the spine.


Chart, pathologic, and radiographic documentation of the preoperative and postoperative clinical course of the patient was used.


The patient had resolution of her neurologic symptoms following wide surgical excision, decompression, and stabilization from T2 to T10. The patient’s mass was found to be breast adenocarcinoma metastatic to osteochondromas of the spine.


When faced with a patient with a history of multiple hereditary exostoses with new onset of myelopathic symptoms and a mass compressing the spinal cord, the clinician’s differential should be broad and always initially include a metastatic lesion, osteochondroma, or chondrosarcoma.

About Author Dr. Kingsley R. Chin

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Dr. Kingsley R. Chin, founder of philosophy and practice of The LES Society and The LESS Institute

Dr. Kingsley R. Chin is a board-certified Harvard-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and professor with copious business and information technology experience. He sees a niche opportunity where medicine, business and information technology meet and is uniquely experienced at the intersection of these three professions. He currently serves as Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences at the Charles E. Schmidt School of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University and has experience as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and Visiting Professor at the University of the West Indies.

Learn more about Dr. Chin here and connect via LinkedIn.

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Scientific Paper Author and Citation Details


Pandya NK1Auerbach JDBaldwin KLackman RDChin KR.

Author information

  1. Spine Surgery and Orthopaedic Oncology Services, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.

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