Giant cell tumor of the hand: Superior results with curettage, cryosurgery, and cementation

J Hand Surg [Am] 2001 May;26(3):546-55
Wittig JC, Simpson BM, Bickels J, Kellar-Graney KL, Malawer MM.

At our institution giant cell tumors arising in all locations are treated with curettage, cryosurgery, and cementation to avoid resection or amputation, increase local tumor control over curettage alone, and avoid the morbidity associated with immobilization. We report the oncologic and functional results of 3 patients with giant cell tumors arising from the tubular bones of the hand who were treated in this manner. At a mean follow-up period of 54 months there were no local recurrences. No patient complained of pain. Digital range of motion and grip strength were within normal limits for all 3 patients. All patients returned to their previous occupational and recreational activities. One instance of minor wound necrosis was successfully treated conservatively. There were no other complications (fractures, infections, neuropraxias, or vascular damage). Curettage, cryosurgery, and cementation performed by experienced surgeons appears to be a safe, effective, and reliable method for treating selected giant cell tumors of the hand. 

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