Management of lung metastases from musculoskeletal sarcomas

Antonio Briccoli, Michele Rocca, Mariacristina Salone

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Bone and soft tissue sarcomas metastasize to the lung in about one-third of patients. Surgery of lung metastases is possible in at least 35% of patients who have undergone primary surgery. Thoracotomy may be bilateral if necessary. Wedge resection is preferred; lobectomy or pneumonectomy is reserved for metastases in the hilum. The average overall survival following resection at 5-years is 37%. Results are influenced by the specific histotype of the primary tumour, by the interval between pulmonary metastases and treatment of the primary sarcoma, and by the number of metastases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Orthopaedics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


  • Metastatic osteosarcoma
  • Metastatic soft tissue sarcoma
  • Pulmonary metastases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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