Beware the “giant cell tumour” of the distal radius

  • Robert U. AshfordEmail author
  • Judy Soper
  • Paul D. Stalley
Original Article


The third most common site that giant cell tumours occur is the distal radius, with approximately 10% of cases occurring at that site. We report three cases where the imaging raised the possibility of giant cell tumours but biopsy has revealed an altogether more aggressive pathology. We believe biopsy is mandatory in presumed giant cell tumours, particularly those affecting the distal radius.


Distal radius Sarcoma Giant cell tumour Biopsy 



The authors wish to thank Dr. S. W. McCarthy and Mrs A. Baillie of the NSW Bone Tumour Registry.

Conflict of interest statement

No benefits have been received in support of this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert U. Ashford
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Judy Soper
    • 1
  • Paul D. Stalley
    • 1
  1. 1.NSW Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma ServiceRoyal Prince Alfred HospitalCamperdownAustralia
  2. 2.QueniboroughUK

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