Massive bone allograft reconstruction in high-grade osteosarcoma

Davide Donati, Michele Di Liddo, Marcello Zavatta, Marco Manfrini, Gaetano Bacci, Piero Picci, Rodolfo Capanna, Mario Mercuri

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From 1986 to 1994, 112 bone allograft reconstructions were performed in patients with high-grade osteosarcoma in whom neoadjuvant chemotherapy was administered. The allograft reconstruction was used in arthrodesis in 44 cases (41 knees, three ankles), as an intercalary graft in 39 (28 femurs, 11 tibias), as an osteoarticular graft in 22 (three proximal and/or distal humeri, six distal femurs, 13 proximal tibias), and as an allograft and prosthesis composite in seven (two proximal humeri, one proximal femurs, four proximal tibias). In 20 patients an autologous vascularized fibula was used to augment the allograft. Functional results were excellent or good in 74% of the patients after the primary surgery, and in 83% of the patients after secondary surgery. Complications include delayed union (49%) and fracture (27%), although there were no cases of deep infection. The incidence of delayed union, but not infection or fracture, was increased by the use of chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-194
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Issue number377
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery


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