Malignant Bone Tumors of the Hand

Abstract

Malignant bone tumors of the upper extremity, and particularly those that develop in the distal forearm, are matters of serious concern. A malignant tumor of the distal upper extremity threatens the function of the affected limb. The main issue with such tumors is that they do not occur in easily defined compartments, making them difficult to excise with a desired wide margin. This requires the surgeon to either excise them with a narrow margin of normal tissue or amputate the affected region. Despite meaningful advances in prosthetic technology, the absence of sensory feedback in a prosthesis makes tumor resection combined with reconstruction a desired choice in many patients. This chapter reviews malignant bone tumors of the hand and the choices available for their treatment.

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