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Surgical therapy of scapular osteosarcomas
Scapular osteosarcomas in small animals are sometimes seen and their therapy is very difficult. Especially surgical therapy is not very popular, and there are not many data describing surgical therapies. But one should consider this therapeutical option at least in selected cases!

Three dogs and 2 cats were treated by partial scapulectomy for management of sarcomas of the proximal aspect of the scapula. Surgical margins were considered complete in all cases.

In 3 animals, limb function was excellent for 8, 18, and 24 months, respectively, after surgery.

Poor limb function persisted in 1 dog that developed local metastatic disease to the affected forelimb.
One dog had good limb function for 3 months after surgery and underwent force-plate analysis, which determined a reduction in peak vertical force, decelerating force, and stride time for the affected limb, compared with that for the forelimb that was not subjected to surgery.

Tumor recurrence associated with fibrosarcomas was detected in 2 animals.

In selected cases, partial scapulectomy can preserve limb function and may be considered a viable alternative to limb amputation.

Source: Trout NJ, Pavletic MM, Kraus KH (1995): Partial scapulectomy for management of sarcomas in three dogs and two cats. In: J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1995 Sep 1;207(5):585-7.



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