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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2000 May;82(4):571-3.

Giant-cell tumour of the tendon sheath. Is radiotherapy indicated to prevent recurrence after surgery?

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Department of Orthopaedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.


Giant-cell tumour of the tendon sheath, also called pigmented villonodular synovitis, is a benign tumour with a high incidence of recurrence. We have tried to identify risk factors for recurrence. Of the 48 patients included in the study, 14 received radiotherapy after surgery. Only two (4%) had a recurrence. This compares favourably with previously reported incidences of between 25% and 45%.

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