Treatment of a Humeral Metastasis with a Composite Allograft-Prosthetic Reconstruction


The treatment of impending pathological fractures and symptomatic metastases involving the upper extremity articulations remains a challenge for the trauma surgeon. While the goals of treatment of bony metastases are clearly defined (early restoration of function, excellent pain control and minimal surgical trauma), these are not always easy to realize in upper extremity periarticular metastases. A patient with a metastasis of a mediastinal nerve sheet tumor, involving the proximal 12 cm of the right humerus, including the whole head and both the tubercles, is described. A complete resection up to the level of the deltoid insertion was performed. In order to restore maximal function, the shoulder joint was reconstructed using a reversed total shoulder prosthesis. A fresh frozen cadaver proximal humerus was used as an allograft to obtain a secure stabilization of the prosthesis. Short-term results were very promising with restoration of ADL (activities of daily living) functionality within 3 months. Abduction and elevation > 100°, exorotation up to 20° and gluteal endorotation could be performed at that time. To the authors’ knowledge, this report is the first to describe reconstruction of the shoulder joint using a reversed shoulder prosthesis-allograft construction in case of a resection for malignancy.

DOI: 10.1007/s00068-004-1355-3

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@article{Callaert2004TreatmentOA, title={Treatment of a Humeral Metastasis with a Composite Allograft-Prosthetic Reconstruction}, author={Joren R G Callaert and Stefaan J B Nijs and Peter Reynders and P. M. Vanderschot and Paul Louis Oscar Broos}, journal={European Journal of Trauma}, year={2004}, volume={30}, pages={255-258} }