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Pathological fractures 

Pathological fractures
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Pathological fractures
Author(s):

D.E. Porter

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.012018
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date: 13 December 2019

Pathological fractures should be recognized before treatment, but often are not.

If solitary and potentially malignant, pathological fractures should be investigated prior to treatment.

Inappropriate management may compromise outcome.

Maximize patient fitness for surgery.

Preoperative assessment to look for other tumours e.g. CT scan of chest and abdomen.

Biopsy if possible before definitive management.

Aim to relive pain and restore function.

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