The evaluation of radiolucent bone tumors

Lawrence Wurtz, Bruce T. Rougraff

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Abstract

Radiolucent bone lesions are encountered commonly by orthopedic surgeons and other clinicians in everyday practice. Often difficulties arise with the proper evaluation and management of these findings. A systematic approach, however, based on careful analysis of information gained from the history and physical examination combined with the important factors of patient age and plain radiographic features, will guide the clinician in formulating a reasonable differential diagnosis and management plan. A specific histologic diagnosis of every radiolucent lesion is not needed. Whereas active and malignant lesions require treatment, many lesions are inactive or discovered incidentally and may only need observation. Algorithms are provided to simplify the evaluation of these lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Orthopaedics
Volume9
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1998

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Bone and Bones
Age Factors
Physical Examination
Neoplasms
Differential Diagnosis
History
Observation
Therapeutics
Orthopedic Surgeons

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Wurtz, Lawrence ; Rougraff, Bruce T. / The evaluation of radiolucent bone tumors. In: Current Opinion in Orthopaedics. 1998 ; Vol. 9, No. 6. pp. 53-61.
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