A humeral modular prostheses for bone tumour surgery: a study of 56 cases

R. Capanna, J. R. Van Horn, R. Biagini, P. Ruggieri, G. Bettelli, G. Sola, M. Campanacci

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Fifty six humeral prostheses were inserted from 1974 to 1984 for primary bone tumours of the shoulder. In 40 patients a proximal humeral resection was performed and in the remaining 16 cases a Tikhoff-Linberg procedure was employed. The length of humeral resection ranged from 9 cm to 24 cm. A detailed analysis of the oncological and functional results was made. The resection was well clear in 42 patients (75%), marginal in 12 (21.5%), and through tumour in 2 (3.5%). Eight local recurrences were noted. The functional results were satisfactory, the patients having a wide range of active rotation and being able to do sedentary work. A new modified humeral modular prosthesis was introduced in 1984 and is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-238
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Orthopaedics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1986


  • Humerus
  • Modular prosthesis
  • Resection for bone tumour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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