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Open Access Case report

Total humerus replacement for osteosarcoma with proximal part of humerus: a case report

Yukihiro Yoshida* and Yasuaki Tokuhashi

Author Affiliations

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Nihon University School of Medicine, 30-1, Oyaguchikami-cho, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo 173-8610, Japan

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World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2012, 10:36  doi:10.1186/1477-7819-10-36

Published: 14 February 2012

Abstract

Incisional biopsy and intramedullary pinning were performed for pathological fracture associated with a malignant bone tumor of the proximal humerus. Osteosarcoma, for which preoperative chemotherapy had been performed, was confirmed by postoperative pathological examination. To achieve wide resection and acquire a safe resected margin, total humerus replacement was performed, and the whole humerus was reconstructed using the Howmedica Modular Reconstruction system. The patient resumed normal activities, although mild contracture of the elbow joint remains 8 years after surgery.

Keywords:
Total humerus replacement; Osteosarcoma