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Bipolar Electric Cauterization as Adjuvant Treatment After Curettage of Aneurysmal Bone Cysts of the Hand

Al-Qattan, Mohammad M. MBBS

Annals of Plastic Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000000000
Hand Surgery

Abstract: Almost all aneurysmal bone cysts of the hand were managed with either simple curettage plus or minus bone graft or en block excision and autograft reconstruction. The high recurrence rate is a major disadvantage of the former technique, whereas complexity/donor-site morbidities are known disadvantages of the latter technique. In the long bones of the lower limbs, adjuvant therapy after curettage is known to reduce the recurrence rate. This article introduces adjuvant bipolar electrical cauterization after curettage of aneurysmal bone cysts of the hands. This technique was used in 6 cases including 1 case with a recurrent lesion after curettage done elsewhere. Complications have been minimal and there was no recurrence at a mean follow-up of 3 years. Although the number of cases in this series is small, the favorable results warrant trying the technique in a multicenter comparative study.

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From the Department of Surgery, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Received March 8, 2013, and accepted for publication, after revision, May 18, 2013.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: This study was funded by the College of Medicine Research Center, Deanship of Scientific Research, Saudi Arabia.

Reprints: M.M. Al-Qattan, Department of Surgery, King Saud University, PO Box 18097, Riyadh 11415, Saudi Arabia. E-mail:

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