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Sarcoma
Volume 2009, Article ID 938295, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2009/938295
Case Report

Use of a Distal Radius Endoprosthesis Following Resection of a Bone Tumour: A Case Report

Sarcoma Unit, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), Brockley Hill, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 4LP, UK

Received 5 August 2009; Accepted 14 November 2009

Academic Editor: Clement Trovik

Copyright © 2009 Kishan Gokaraju et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Limited literature is available on the reconstruction of the distal radius using prosthetic replacement following resection of a bone tumour. We present the first reported case, in the English literature, of the use of an entirely metal endoprosthesis for the reconstruction of the distal radius. This case involves a 66-year-old male who was treated for giant cell tumour of the distal radius with surgical excision of the lesion and replacement of the defect using a predominantly titanium endoprosthesis. He was followed-up for 56 months following surgery and had a good functional outcome with no associated pain or complications. We propose that the use of a primarily titanium endoprosthesis for the reconstruction of a bone defect of the distal radius is a suitable alternative, providing good function of the forearm with satisfactory range of movement at the wrist and adequate pain relief.