Carcinoid tumor of the coccyx: case report and review of the literature

Spine 2001 Oct 1;26(19):2165-7

Krasin E, Nirkin A, Issakov J, Rabau M, Meller I.

Department of Orthopedics, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.


STUDY DESIGN: Report of a patient with a carcinoid tumor of the coccyx.

OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of a patient with a carcinoid tumor of the coccyx and to review the relevant medical literature in English.

SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: No reports of a carcinoid tumor of the coccyx were found in the literature. Seven reports of carcinoid of the sacrum are described.

METHODS: Clinical history, magnetic resonance imaging studies, and light and electronic microscope micrographs are reviewed.

RESULTS: A coccygeal mass was detected during evaluation of coccygodynia in a 40-year-old woman. Four years after extended coccygectomy, there are no signs of local tumor recurrence.

CONCLUSIONS: Carcinoid tumor of the coccyx is extremely rare. An extended coccygectomy may lead to a cure or at least to a prolonged disease-free interval.

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