Osteoarticular allograft in surgery for high-grade malignant tumours of bone

R. W. Rodl, T. Ozaki, C. Hoffmann, F. Bottner, N. Lindner, W. Winkelman

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We assessed the results of 17 limb-salvage procedures using osteoarticular allografts after wide resection of high-grade malignant bone tumours. All patients received chemotherapy. At the five-year follow-up, three patients had died from metastases. The allografts survived for five years in only seven patients all of whom had good function, ranging from 73% to 90% of normal. The allografts were removed because of fracture in seven patients and infection in one, and in all of these a second limb-salvage procedure was undertaken. With such a low rate of survival of osteoarticular allografts, we believe that their use in the management of high-grade malignant bone tumours should, at best, be considered a temporary solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1006-1010
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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