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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 78-81

Pattern of malignant extremity tumors: A review of 58 patients

1 Department of Surgery, Orthopedic, Bayero University/Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
2 Department of General Surgery Units, Bayero University/Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria

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Dr. M K Abubakar
Department of Surgery, Orthopedic Unit, A.K.T.H, P.M.B, 3452, Kano
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2278-9596.158819

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Background: Malignant extremity tumors are relatively common in the orthopedic and general surgery units. However there is no study that describes the pattern and outcome in our Kano north central Nigeria. The Objective of this study was to determine the pattern of malignant extremity tumors and the outcome of management. Patients and Method: All malignant extremity tumors that were managed between 1 st January 2008 and 31 st December 2012 in the Orthopedics and General Surgery units of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano were recruited for the study. Information was extracted from records of these patients. Results: Of the 58 patients in the sturdy, 32 (55.2%) were males and 26 (44.8%) were females. The age range was 2-80 years. The mean age of the patients was 32.08 years. 41 (70.6%) patients had lower limb malignancies while 17 (29.3%) had upper limb malignancies. Soft tissue sarcoma has the highest prevalence (37.9%). Excision biopsy or wide local excision (53.4%) and amputation or disarticulation (51.7%) was the commonest surgical procedure done. Conclusion: Lower extremity malignancies are the commonest. They are commoner in males. Soft tissue sarcoma and malignant skin tumors are more common than malignant bone tumors of the extremities.

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