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Algorithm of Lin et al for Prophylactic Nailing of the Femur in a Patient at Risk for Pathologic Fracture After Radiation Therapy for Soft Tissue Sarcoma in the Thigh

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Hematology Oncology
Orthopedic Surgery

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Lin et al evaluated the occurrence of pathologic fracture in patients treated for soft tissue sarcoma arising in the thigh. These fractures are difficult to treat and have a high rate of nonunion. The authors were able to identify those patients at risk for fracture who would benefit from prophylactic placement of a femoral nail. The authors are from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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