Fracture Prosthesis in Giant Cell Tumor of Distal Radius: Precautions and Management

Original Article | Volume 6 | Issue 2 | JBST May-August 2020 | Page 5-8 | Mahesh Kulkarni, Sourab Shetty, Monappa Naik, Sandeep Vijayan. DOI: 10.13107/jbst.2020.v06.i02.23

Author: Mahesh Kulkarni[1], Sourab Shetty[1], Monappa Naik[1], Sandeep Vijayan[1]

[1]Department of Orthopaedics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Udupi, Karnataka, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Sourab Shetty,
Department of Orthopaedics, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal – 576 104, Udupi, Karnataka, India.


Introduction: Distal radius is one of the common locations for giant cell tumor (GCT) in the second to the fourth decade of life. Based on the extent of the tumor, various treatment options are available such as curettage and bone grafting or use of bone cement, various ablation techniques, excision, and vascularized or non-vascularized fibular graft. However, when subchondral bone and articular surface are involved and the patient is not ready for the fibular grafting, one of the methods described is excision and use of custom-made acrylic prosthesis, of which fracture prosthesis is a complication. Here, we are reporting a case who presented with a fractured prosthesis,  the way we managed it and the precautions that can be taken while use of the prosthesis.
Case Report: We are presenting a case of a 42-year-old male who came back after 2 years of implantation with a fractured prosthesis, which happened during a routine activity. There was no evidence of recurrence of the tumor. A discussion about the cause, the management done, precautions to be taken while implanting acrylic prosthesis, and a follow-up of the patient for 3 years is also done.
Conclusion: Acrylic can be used as a cost-efficient material for a prosthesis in both primary excision and revisions in distal radius GCT with good functional results if specific precautions are taken preoperatively and intraoperatively.
Keywords: Acrylic prosthesis, broken prosthesis, fractured prosthesis, radius giant cell tumor.

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How to Cite this article: Kulkarni M, Shetty S, Naik M, Vijayan S | Fracture Prosthesis in Giant Cell Tumor of Distal Radius: Precautions and Management | Journal of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors | May-August 2020; 6(2): 5-8.

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