Tumors for the general orthopedist: how to save your patients and practice.

Kristy L. Weber*, Terrance Peabody, Frank J. Frassica, Michael P. Mott, Theodore W. Parsons

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It is likely that most orthopaedic surgeons will see a patient with a benign or malignant musculoskeletal tumor sometime during their career. However, because of the rarity of these entities, many surgeons may benefit from a review of how to evaluate a patient with a bone lesion or soft-tissue mass. A logical approach is necessary in evaluating imaging studies as well as in the workup of children and adults with a possible tumor. It is important to have a good working relationship with a musculoskeletal radiologist to assist in interpreting the images. If the treatment algorithms lead to a conclusive diagnosis of a benign bone tumor, benign soft-tissue mass, or metastatic bone disease, the orthopaedic surgeon may choose to definitively treat the patient. If the workup indicates an indeterminate lesion, it may be prudent to discuss the situation with an orthopaedic oncologist or transfer the care of the patient to a physician with more specialized knowledge. A careful, logical workup is needed prior to surgery to limit risks to the patient and optimize the chances for a favorable outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-591
Number of pages13
JournalInstructional course lectures
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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