Metallic implant-related osteosarcoma

Radiol Case Rep. 2023 Jan 17;18(3):1311-1315. doi: 10.1016/j.radcr.2023.01.004. eCollection 2023 Mar.


Orthopedic metallic prostheses are commonly used in the current practice of orthopedic surgery. Although, biomaterials used in these implants are generally considered to be biologically inert, there have been consequences of foreign body reactions and potential carcinogenesis. Majority of implant-related malignancies are high grade, and develop in bone or soft tissue around the implant site. No clear association has been identified between the biomaterial implanted and the type of sarcoma. We report the case of a 36-year-old male who underwent intramedullary nailing of femur for mid-shaft fracture secondary to trauma and presented with osteogenic sarcoma of femur 14 months later.

Keywords: Fracture; Metallic implant; Osteosarcoma; Prosthesis.

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