Implant reconstruction following scapulectomy in children is a challenging task. Dual suspension reconstruction may offer an alternative but there is a dearth of literature on functional outcomes following this procedure for malignant tumours in children. A retrospective study was conducted at the Aga Khan University Hospital, a tertiary care centre in Karachi, Pakistan. Children with malignant tumours of the scapula who underwent total scapulectomy with dual suspension reconstruction (n=5) between Jan 2009 and June 2015 were included. Mean follow up was 50±13.39 months. There were four boys and one girl having mean age of 11±3.57 years. All patients were Enneking Stage IIB with 4 patients diagnosed as Ewing's Sarcoma and 1 as osteosarcoma. The MSTS scores ranged from 20-25 points, with a median of 23. One patient developed postoperative surgical site infection requiring surgical debridement whereas all patients remained disease-free till last follow up. Our findings suggest that scapulectomy with dual suspension reconstruction achieves satisfactory functional results with low rate of complications.
|Journal||JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2021|
- Ewing's sarcoma
- Retrospective study
- Surgical wound infection