Outcome of surgical management of bony metastases to the humerus and shoulder girdle: a retrospective analysis of 93 patients.
Duy M Thai, Yasuyuki Kitagawa, Peter Fm Choong
Int Semin Surg Oncol | Published : 2006
BACKGROUND: Metastatic disease to the shoulder girdle is a challenging problem because of the potential for pain, pathologic fracture and loss of function of that limb. Management of the bone disease centers around palliation, prevention of further complications and the preservation of residual function. A variety of surgical options exist for managing metastatic disease to the shoulder girdle and our experience with over 90 patients is reported. We focus on a preferred technique of combining rigid intramedullary nailing with cementation. METHODS: Patients with metastatic disease to the shoulder girdle were accrued over a 9 year period from 1996 to 2004. 93 patients were identified with 96 o..View full abstract