Shaped graft for aneurysmal bone cyst of upper limb bones

Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction, Jul 2017

The optimal treatment of aneurysmal bone cyst remains challenging. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the results of using bone grafts shaped to the defects caused by aneurysmal bone cysts of upper limb bones. Fifteen patients (12 males and 3 females) with an average age of 12 years (range 6–16 years) were treated for aneurysmal bone cysts of upper limb bones by intralesional resection, argon beam coagulation and shaped bone graft. The grafts were harvested from 14 patients (11 fibulas and 3 iliac bones) and from the mother of one patient (proximal fibula). Osteosynthesis was required to stabilize the graft in four cases. The modified Enneking’s scoring system was used for functional evaluation. One patient developed partial recurrence at 6 months and required reoperation. Superficial wound infection was encountered in one patient. Shortening of the humeral segment was seen in two patients (1 and 1.5 cm) but without angular deformity. After a mean follow-up of 45 months (range 24–68 months), the mean functional score was 97.3%. This technique proved to be reliable in obtaining a well reconstructed and growing bone with no or minimal deformity and good function.

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Shaped graft for aneurysmal bone cyst of upper limb bones

The optimal treatment of aneurysmal bone cyst remains challenging. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the results of using bone grafts shaped to the defects caused by aneurysmal bone cysts of upper limb bones. Fifteen patients (12 males and 3 females) with an average age of 12 years (range 6–16 years) were treated for aneurysmal bone cysts of upper limb bones by intralesional resection, argon beam coagulation and shaped bone graft. The grafts were harvested from 14 patients (11 fibulas and 3 iliac bones) and from the mother of one patient (proximal fibula). Osteosynthesis was required to stabilize the graft in four cases. The modified Enneking’s scoring system was used for functional evaluation. One patient developed partial recurrence at 6 months and required reoperation. Superficial wound infection was encountered in one patient. Shortening of the humeral segment was seen in two patients (1 and 1.5 cm) but without angular deformity. After a mean follow-up of 45 months (range 24–68 months), the mean functional score was 97.3%. This technique proved to be reliable in obtaining a well reconstructed and growing bone with no or minimal deformity and good function.


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Mohamed F. Mostafa, Yasser Y. Abed, Sallam I. Fawzy. Shaped graft for aneurysmal bone cyst of upper limb bones, Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction, 2017, 151-158, DOI: 10.1007/s11751-017-0291-9