Pathological fractures

D.E. Porter

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:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Pathological fractures

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Pathological fractures should be recognized before treatment, but often are not.

If solitary and potentially malignant, pathological fractures should be investigated prior to treatment.

Inappropriate management may compromise outcome.

Maximize patient fitness for surgery.

Preoperative assessment to look for other tumours e.g. CT scan of chest and abdomen.

Biopsy if possible before definitive management.

Aim to relive pain and restore function.

Chapter.  2047 words. 

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Histopathology ; Surgical Oncology

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