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Endocrine Abstracts (2015) 37 EP1345 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.37.EP1345

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1Department of Internal medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Fatih, Turkey; 2Istanbul Faculty of medicine, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Fatih, Turkey.


Oncogenic osteomalacia is a rare paraneoplastic syndrome, which can be associated with phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor or non-mesenchymal tumour. This tumour produces fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23) that leads to subsequent hypophosphataemic osteomalacia. We, hereby present a patient with oncogenic osteomalasia who is misdiagnosed as ankylosing spondylitis. A 54-year old man with weakness, severe arthralgia involving pelvis, hip joints and lower extremities referred to the Rheumatology Department for the treatment of a suspected sero-negative spondiloarthritis and TNF-α inhibitor and glucocorticoid treatment had begun. Despite of 3 years of treatment, there was no relief of symptoms, and laboratory tests had shown hypophosphatemia (0.7 mg/dl) with low vitamin D and normal calcium, PTH levels, referred to Endocrinology clinic. Hypophoshataemia was resistant to oral phosphate replacement. Physical examination revealed a non-tender, mobile, 2 cm nodular lesion at right medial thigh. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an ovular 2.1×1.7 cm hypointense solid lesion with irregular borders in the soft tissue at right thigh. FDG-PET scanning showed high FDG uptake at the lesion, and no other hypermetabolic masses. We performed tumour resection and after an unremarkable post-operative course hypophospatemia resolved within 2 weeks. Histopathological evaluation showed extraosseos giant cell tumour with metaplastic bone cell formation. After surgical removal patient’s symptoms have revealed and phosphorous levels became to normal levels. Oncogenic osteomalacia and ankylosing spondylitis, both can present with arthralgia, weakness, difficulty in walking. For the patients who have features suggestive of oncogenic osteomalacia, it is of crucial importance to perform a survey to detect the tumour or tumours responsible.

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