Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 130, Issue 12, pp 1467–1473 | Cite as

Autogenous non-vascularized fibula for treatment of giant cell tumor of distal end radius

  • Manish Chadha
  • Shobha S. Arora
  • Arun Pal Singh
  • Divesh Gulati
  • Ajay Pal SinghEmail author
Orthopaedic Surgery



Giant cell tumor of distal end of radius is treated by wide resection and intralesional procedures with former having better results. The various modalities for the defect created are vascularized/non-vascularized bone graft, osteoarticular allografts and custom-made prosthesis. We report outcome of wide resection and non-vascularized fibular grafting in biopsy-proven giant cell tumors.

Patients and methods

Nine patients with mean age of 40 years with Campanacci grade II giant cell tumor of distal radius were managed with radical excision of the tumor and reconstruction with ipsilateral free fibular graft.


Mean follow-up time was 56 months. One patient developed recurrence and was treated by amputation. All other patients showed a good union at fibular graft–radius junction. In wrist, average range of motion achieved at last follow-up was 40° of dorsiflexion, 30° of palmar flexion, 45° each of supination and pronation. Major complications encountered included graft fracture (2), wrist subluxation (2), tourniquet palsy (1), aseptic graft resorption (1) and tumor recurrence (1).


Reconstruction after wide excision by non-vascularized fibular graft is a viable alternative for giant cell tumors of the lower end of radius though it is a challenging procedure and may be accompanied by major complications.


Non-vascularized fibula Free fibula graft 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manish Chadha
    • 1
  • Shobha S. Arora
    • 1
  • Arun Pal Singh
    • 1
  • Divesh Gulati
    • 1
  • Ajay Pal Singh
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsUCMS and GTB HospitalDelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of OrthopaedicsUCMS and GTB HospitalDelhiIndia

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