Composite grafts in the treatment of osteosarcoma of the proximal humerus

I. Dudkiewicz, S. Velkes, A. Oran, M. Pritsch, M. Salai

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Treatment of osteosarcoma (OSA) of the proximal humerus poses many difficulties and challenges to the treating team. Between 1993 and 2000, we treated 11 patients (three women, eight men; age range, 17-74 years) suffering from OSA of the proximal humerus by 'composite': massive allografts and long humeral prosthesis. At presentation, 10 patients were at stage 2-B and one at stage 3-B of OSA. One patient presented with a pathologic fracture. All patients except patient No. 6, received preoperative chemotherapy followed by limb salvage surgery and postoperative chemotherapy. Surgical margins were graded as wide in all patients. Postoperative complications included non-union at the allograft/host junction (which united after auto grafting) and superficial wound infections that resolved after antibiotic therapy. All surgical procedures were performed by a team headed by an orthopedic oncologist and shoulder surgeon. At latest follow-up (December 2001) all patients, with the exception of one (who was at stage 3-B at presentation) were alive, and had good function of the upper limb. It is our opinion that the team approach comprising an orthopedic oncologist and shoulder surgeon greatly contributed to the good surgical outcome, and hence the good survival and functional results of the patients. Bone allograft offers a modular malleable durable solution to the resected bone segment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-41
Number of pages5
JournalCell and Tissue Banking
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Allograft
  • Humerus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Treatment


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