Güray Toğral1, Aliekber Yapar1, Tolga Tolunay2

1Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Dr. Abdurrahman Yurtaslan Ankara Oncology Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Medical Faculty of Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

Keywords: Benign and tumor-like lesions, bone grafts, curettage, postoperative fracture


Objectives: This study aims to define the simultaneous prophylactic fixation indications of benign tumors and tumor-like lesions located in long bones that were treated by curettage and grafting/cementing.

Patients and methods: Fifty-six patients (33 males, 23 females; mean age 30.9±15.9; range, 15 to 65 years) who were treated by curettage and grafting or cementation for their benign tumors or tumor-like lesions in long bones between January 2013 and June 2016 were retrospectively analyzed. Age, sex, anamnesis and physical examination findings, histopathologic diagnosis, lesion localization, pre- and postoperative imaging results and follow-up data were all analyzed. The patients were divided into two groups as those with and without postoperative fracture.

Results: The most common localization was femur (38%). The mean tumor diameter was 6.8±2.2 (range, 2.6 to 12.6) cm and volume was 58.3±45.0 (range, 6 to 177) cm3. Postoperative fracture occurred in 14 patients. The lesion diameter and volume of the patients in postoperative fracture group were significantly higher compared to group without postoperative fracture (p=0.034 and p=0.004, respectively). A volume value greater than 67 cm3 and ages over 35 years were found to be associated with a higher rate of fracture for all lesions.

Conclusion: In the postoperative period, patients with benign tumors or tumor-like lesions of long bones had a higher fracture risk if the volume value was greater than 67 cm3 and the age was over 35 years. Prophylactic fixation may be suggested for these patients.

Citation: Toğral G, Yapar A, Tolunay T. Which one of the benign tumors and tumor-like lesions located in long bones needs prophylactic fixation during surgery?. Jt Dis Relat Surg 2021;32(1):210-217.

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