Reconstruction with Composite Cement-Autoclaved Autograft after a Near-Total Excision of the Humerus for Osteosarcoma: A Case Report

Pan, K.L. and Zolqarnain, A. and Ong, G.B. (2009) Reconstruction with Composite Cement-Autoclaved Autograft after a Near-Total Excision of the Humerus for Osteosarcoma: A Case Report. Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal, 3 (2).

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Abstract

Osteosarcoma occurring in the humerus is often confined to the proximal part, in which case, reconstruction after excision is less daunting. When the tumour spreads down the medullary cavity distally, a total humeral replacement is often required. This is costly and beyond the means of the average patient in a developing country. An amputation is often the procedure of first resort. We report a 13-year-old boy with osteosarcoma originating from the left proximal humerus, with involvement of the marrow reaching down to the distal diaphyseal-metaphyseal junction, leaving only 6cm of the distal humerus intact after wide resection. Reconstruction of the defect was done with a composite cement-autoclaved autograft fixed to the remaining humerus with a plate. At 40 months of follow-up, the patient is well with normal function of the elbow, wrist and hand. Salvaging the limb despite near total involvement of the humerus by high grade osteosarcoma is possible using material available in the average orthopaedic operating room.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, (UNIMAS)
Uncontrolled Keywords: UNIMAS, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Education, Cement-Autoclaved Autograft, Near-Total Excision, Humerus for Osteosarcoma
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 12 May 2014 02:06
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2015 08:04
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/2473

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