Long Bone Metastasis

  • B. T. Allende
  • B. L. Allende


Malignant metastatic tumors are the most common bone neoplasms. The skeleton is often affected by metastasic cancer, and the discovery of a long-bone metastasis may be the first symptom of the primary disease. Nearly every malignant neoplasm has been described as having the capability to metastasize to bone; tumors of breast, prostate, thyroid, lung, and kidney are the most common bone-seeking malignant lesions, and between 50 and 85% of affected patients will have bone metastasis at one point of their disease [1,2,3]. Breast and prostate cancer alone account for more than 80% of metastasic bone disease. The capacity of the neoplastic cells to invade bone is related to the histology and to the aggressiveness of the primary tumor.


Internal Fixation Proximal Femur Pathologic Fracture Intramedullary Nail Compression Screw 
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  • B. L. Allende

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