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Giant Cell Reparative Granuloma of the Sphenoid and Orbit: Case Report-Tripoli-Libya

Amal Elbahi1,2*, Muffaq Lashhab1,3, Hamza Alshawish3, Hesham ben khayal1,3

1Tripoli University, Libya

2Tripoli Eye Hospital, Libya

3Anwar Alsalam Clinic, Libya

Corresponding Author

Received Date: July 19, 2021;  Published Date: August 10, 2021

This case describes a case of giant cell reparative granuloma(GCRG) of the sphenoid and orbit, which is rarely affect these locations .Our case is a 48 years old female, who presented with proptosis in her left eye; imaging demonstrated a large sphenoid mass affecting the lateral wall of the orbit which was resected via an intracrainial approach. Based on immunohistochemeistry stain, was proved to be a GCRG.

Keywords:Proptosis; Giant cell reparative granuloma; Sphenoid

Case Report

An 48-years-old female presented with acute protrusion of the Left eye and left-sided temple swelling. The swelling began three weeks prior to presentation. She has no other past medical illnesses and there was no history of trauma. Examination revealed normal visual acuity, a lesh nodules in her both eyes, and a 7 mm of exophthalmos of left eye, no obvious restriction of ocular movement, no optic disc swelling, and, had no skin manifestations. Orbital and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with contrast and computed tomography (CT) scan was done (Figure 1 & 2) which demonstrated a superotemporal mass of the left orbit and sphenidal region without intracranial extension (Figure 1 & 2).



The patient underwent surgical intervention and histological examination revealed destructed bone tissue with diffuse replacement of the interstitial stroma of bone trabeculae and soft tissue by granuloma consist of gaint cells and histiocyte cells. Immunohistochemistry stain was CD68 positive, and an orbital mass was feature compatible with aggressive central gaint cell granuloma. The patient was then subjected to regular follow-up.


Giant cell reparative granuloma is a rare fibro-osseous benign lesion, which spread locally and progress aggressively, so it makes these lesions behave as clinically malignant. These lesions have varied clinical presentation, according to their locations and the surrounding anatomical structures [1]. Lesions located in the tempro-orbital region can present as periorbital swelling, diplopia, proptosis, and facial deformity [2]

GCRG are most commonly described previously in the orbit in younger patients but can occur in all age groups [3]. Histologically, all GCRG lesions are composed of multinucleated giant cells unevenly distributed within a non-neoplastic fibrous stroma, admixed with areas of hemorrhage and reactive osteoid formation [4].

The differential diagnosis of GCRG includes, true giant cell tumor (GCT), aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC) and brown tumor of hyperparathyroidism [5]. Although these conditions are usually present a diagnostic challenge, nonspecific histologic and similar radiologic appearances can result in poor characterization of several of the rarer lesions. For example, radiologically, GCT and GCRG are indistinguishable. On CT, both usually appear as nonspecific lytic lesions. On MR imaging, most lesions show areas of low signal intensity on T1- and T2-weighted imaging, corresponding to the areas of fibrosis and/or hemosiderin. Both tumors enhance, with the degree of enhancement ranging from slight to strong [5]. The primary difference between the two is the prognosis. GCT has a higher incidence of recurrence and may undergo malignant transformation and metastasize. Meanwhile, GCRG has no metastasis or malignant transformation and surgery alone is the choice of treatment [6], so regular follow up is recommended.



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