Case of the Month August, 2010 Page 4


Options, risks, complications

  • Important to identify underlying lesion which will change treatment (ie risk of pathologic fracture)
  • Curettage, cryosurgery, bone grafting, fusion
  • Resection
    • Risk of bleeding during surgery
    • Preoperative embolization
  • Embolotherapy
    • Complications: Aseptic necrosis
  • Percutaneous Ethibloc injection
  • Radiation therapy
    • Risk of sarcomatous degeneration

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Patient underwent preoperative embolization, tumor resection, and spinal fusion procedure.


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  • Manaster, B.J., et. al.  Musculoskeletal Imaging: The Requisites. 3rd ed, Mosby, Philadelphia, 2007.  Pp. 503-506.


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