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Reconstruction of the Proximal Aspect of the Radius After Desmoplastic Fibroma Resection

A Case Report

Lans, Jonathan, MD1; Chebib, Ivan A., MD1; Castelein, René M., MD, PhD2; Chen, Neal C., MD1; Lozano-Calderón, Santiago, MD, PhD1

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.18.00158
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Case: Desmoplastic fibromas are tumors of fibrous tissue that rarely are diagnosed. We present the case of a 27-year-old man who presented with pain of the forearm that was initially diagnosed as a muscle strain. A computed tomography-guided core biopsy revealed a desmoplastic fibroma. Consequently, the patient was treated with a resection of the proximal aspect of the radius followed by reconstruction with use of a vascularized fibular autograft.

Conclusion: At the 2-year follow-up, radiographs showed integration of the autograft; additionally, good results were noted with the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Upper Extremity and Physical Function Short Form T-score and the QuickDASH (an abbreviated version of the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand Score [DASH]) questionnaire, along with good range of motion.

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand and Upper Extremity Service (J.L. and N.C.C.), Department of Pathology (I.A.C.), and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Oncology Service (S.L.-C.), Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands

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Investigation performed at the Hand and Upper Extremity Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

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