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Int Orthop. 2004 Aug;28(4):239-43. Epub 2004 May 25.

Giant-cell tumors of bone: an analysis of 87 cases.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Veterans General Hospital, 201, Sec. 2, Shih-Pai Road, 112, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.


We reviewed 87 patients with giant-cell tumor treated between 1992 and 2001. The mean follow-up was 62 (28-138) months. Fifty-six lesions were treated with intralesional curettage with adjunctive phenol treatment and reconstructed with autograft and allograft. Thirty-one lesions were treated with wide resection and reconstructed with prosthesis, osteochondral allograft, or alloprosthetic composite. Overall recurrence was 12%. Recurrence rate after curettage was 18% and 3% after wide excision. Complication rate after wide excision was higher than that after curettage. Functional outcome was evaluated using the Enneking scoring system. Average rating was 86% for the lower extremity and 83% for the upper extremity. The overall satisfactory rate was 88%.

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