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Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 107-114

Surgical Treatment for Skeletal Metastases From Soft Tissue Sarcomas: Experience With 23 Lesions in 20 Patients

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases, 1–3–3, Nakamichi, Higashinari-ku, Osaka 537, Japan
2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Osaka University Medical School, Suita, Japan
3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mie University Medical School, Tsu, Japan

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Purpose. This paper reports the procedures and the clinical results of a series of surgical treatments for skeletal metastases from soft tissue sarcomas.

Subjects and methods. Surgical treatment of metastatic bony lesions from soft tissue sarcomas has been carried out over a 20 year period (1975–1996). Thirty-two patients developed skeletal metastases from soft tissue sarcomas, and 20 of these cases received surgical treatment. The 23 metastatic bony lesions in these 20 patients were treated using the following surgical approaches: wide resection with prosthetic replacement in five lesions, wide or marginal resection without reconstruction in four lesions, intramedullarly nailing with curettage and methylmethacrylate cementation in four lesions, marginal resection of vertebral body with replacement by a ceramic prosthesis in three lesions, laminectomy in three lesions, intramedullarly nailing in two lesions, and curettage in two lesions.

Results. Relief of pain was achieved in 17 of the 20 patients. The ambulatory status of the patients with metastasis in the lower extremity or periacetabular region was significantly improved in nine of 10 cases. Seventeen patients died of disease, with a mean survival period of 17.9 months after surgery for metastasis.

Discussion. Although surgical treatment for skeletal metastases from soft tissue sarcomas cannot save the life of the patient, it can be of value in improving their well-being and overall quality of life. In these cases, surgical intervention may be more frequently indicated than in tumors with an osteoblastic or mixed pattern.