Osteoblastomas infrequently occur in the calvarium, displaying a preference for temporal and frontal bones when it does. We present an unusual case of a large, expansile osteoblastoma in the occipital bone of a 23-year-old man who presented with a nontender lump at the back of his head. Initial computed tomography scan showed a large occipital bone mass, and after additional imaging, a gross total resection was performed. Histopathological examination revealed an osteoblastoma. Although these tumors are benign, overlapping imaging characteristics of lesions affecting the calvarium often present a diagnostic dilemma. This case emphasizes the importance of imaging in the management and work-up of these patients to decrease the risk of complications and assists surgeons in their preoperative planning.
Recommended CitationTrunz, Lukas M.; Faro, Scott H.; and Gorniak, Richard J., "Osteoblastoma in the occipital bone: A case report of a rare tumor in the calvarium" (2020). Department of Radiology Faculty Papers. Paper 79.
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