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Int Orthop. 2012 Jan;36(1):125-9. doi: 10.1007/s00264-011-1316-5. Epub 2011 Jul 28.

Custom-made endoprosthetic total humerus reconstruction for musculoskeletal tumours.

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  • 1Madras Medical College, Orthopaedics, Madras, India.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

We analysed 11 patients with malignant musculoskeletal tumours of the humerus who underwent limb salvage surgery with total humeral custom endoprosthesis from 1990 to 2009.

METHODS:

There were six male and five female patients, with a mean age of 17 years. The most common diagnosis was osteosarcoma. The average follow-up period was 66 months, with the maximum being 180 months. Functional and oncological outcomes were analysed.

RESULTS:

The one and five year cumulative survival (Kaplan-Meier method) rates were 90.9% and 77.9 %. The average Musculoskeletal Tumour Society Score (MSTS) was 80%. Two patients died due to metastasis. One patient had a forequarter amputation for local recurrence. The procedure provides fast recovery and relatively good restoration of elbow function, whereas active shoulder movements remain limited

CONCLUSION:

Total humeral custom endoprosthetic replacement represents a viable treatment option in indicated patients, providing reliable and reasonable function of the upper limb, with a low complication rate.

PMID:
21796334
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PMCID:
PMC3251683
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