Recep Öztürk1, İsmail Burak Atalay1, Ali Ekber Yapar1, Galip Beltir1, Şefik Murat Arıkan2, Bedii Şafak Güngör1

1Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Dr. Abdurrahman Yurtaslan Ankara Oncology Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Keywords: Exostosis, osteochondroma, talus.


Objectives: This study aims to define the demographic and clinical findings of patients with talus localized osteochondroma, to present treatment management and mid-term results.
Patients and methods: The study included 10 patients (4 males, 6 females; mean age 31.9+19.5 years; range, 11 to 70 years) with osteochondroma of the talus who were admitted to our center between January 2008 and December 2015. Clinical findings, treatment methods, and clinical outcomes were retrospectively evaluated. All patients were followed-up for at least two years.
Results: The most frequent localization was anterior of the talus (70%, n=7). The mean tumor size was 2.4±1.4 cm (range, 1-5 cm). When the relationship between tumor diameter and age was analyzed, no statistically significant correlation was detected (p=0.973). Besides, no statistically significant difference was found between the genders in terms of tumor diameters (p=0.584). The most common symptoms were pain, swelling, and restricted movements. The mean duration of postoperative follow-up was 48.1±27.7 months (range, 24-114 months). All patients underwent complete surgical excision. None of the patients developed recurrence or complication related to the treatment of osteochondroma.
Conclusion: Talus localized osteochondromas are often symptomatic and more common in adults. Also, they are more common in females. The ideal treatment approach is resection of the tumor. When rigorous surgical excision is performed, recurrence rates are low with satisfactory outcomes.