The evaluation of radiolucent bone tumors

L. Daniel Wurtz, Bruce T. Rougraff

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Orthopaedics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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