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Metastatic bone disease

Panagiotis D. Gikas and Timothy W.R. Briggs

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.002007

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Metastatic bone disease

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Metastatic pathological fractures rarely unite, even if stabilized

Never rush to fix a pathological fracture; traction or splintage will suffice while investigations are performed and surgical intervention discussed

When surgery is indicated for spinal metastases, both decompression and stabilization are generally required

Implants should allow immediate weight-bearing and last the lifetime of the patient

Always use a multidisciplinary team.

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Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Histopathology ; Surgical Oncology

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