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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Abstract

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
Volume59
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Neoplasms
Bone and Bones
Patient Transfer
Bone Diseases
Orthopedics
Patient Care
Physicians
Orthopedic Surgeons
Therapeutics
Surgeons
Oncologists
Radiologists

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Weber, K. L., Peabody, T., Frassica, F. J., Mott, M. P., & Parsons, T. W. (2010). Tumors for the general orthopedist: how to save your patients and practice. Instructional course lectures, 59, 579-591.

Tumors for the general orthopedist : how to save your patients and practice. / Weber, Kristy L.; Peabody, Terrance; Frassica, Frank J.; Mott, Michael P.; Parsons, Theodore W.

In: Instructional course lectures, Vol. 59, 2010, p. 579-591.

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Weber, KL, Peabody, T, Frassica, FJ, Mott, MP & Parsons, TW 2010, 'Tumors for the general orthopedist: how to save your patients and practice.', Instructional course lectures, vol. 59, pp. 579-591.
Weber KL, Peabody T, Frassica FJ, Mott MP, Parsons TW. Tumors for the general orthopedist: how to save your patients and practice. Instructional course lectures. 2010;59:579-591.
Weber, Kristy L. ; Peabody, Terrance ; Frassica, Frank J. ; Mott, Michael P. ; Parsons, Theodore W. / Tumors for the general orthopedist : how to save your patients and practice. In: Instructional course lectures. 2010 ; Vol. 59. pp. 579-591.
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