Examination and Management of a 4-Year-Old Following a Femoral Aneurysmal Bone Cyst: A Case Report

Kaitlin Kirker*, Michael Masaracchio, Megan Freeland

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Purpose: The literature lacks recommendations for postoperative rehabilitation following removal of aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs). This case report describes the rehabilitation with return to age-appropriate functional activities for a 4-year-old following surgical fixation of a femoral ABC, with emphasis on clinical decision-making in the absence of definitive treatment algorithms. Summary of Key Points: The child improved in range of motion, strength, balance, transfers, gait, stair negotiation, and percentile rank on the Test of Gross Motor Development 2. Conclusion: This case is successful outcomes of a 4-year-old girl (GP) following surgical fixation for an ABC. Recommendations for Clinical Practice: This case fills a current void in the literature emphasizing clinical decision-making and attainment of GP-specific functional goals. A goal-driven approach incorporating key elements of the International Classification of Function model resulted in successful return to age-appropriate activity following surgical fixation of a femoral fracture due to an ABC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E1-E7
JournalPediatric Physical Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • aneurysmal bone cyst
  • clinical decision making
  • postoperative rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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