Case of an ivory vertebra

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The differential diagnosis of an osteoblastic vertebral lesion (ivory vertebra) includes metastatic prostate cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, osteosarcoma and Paget's disease. We report a case of a man who was initially diagnosed with Paget's disease on vertebral biopsy. He failed to respond to conventional bisphosphate therapy. The review of the original biopsy specimen showed metastatic carcinoid tumor involving the bone marrow. The various features of carcinoid tumors metastasizing to the skeleton are briefly reviewed. (C) 2000, Editrice Kurtis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-535
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of endocrinological investigation
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2000


  • Alkaline phosphatase
  • Carcinoid tumors
  • Ivory vertebra
  • Paget's disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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