Intracortical Osteosarcoma is a very rare, cancerous (malignant) bone tumor. It is a type of osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor (bone sarcoma) that develops from the strong outer bone layer, called the cortex. This bone tumor is also referred to as an osteosarcoma of the cortex.
Intracortical Osteosarcoma is a very rare, cancerous subtype of osteosarcoma that arises from the protective outer bone layer, called the cortex. Intracortical Osteosarcomas most commonly affect the cortex of the femur or tibia. It is a high-grade tumor, meaning it has the potential to grow and spread more quickly if left untreated. These tumors can be misdiagnosed as an osteoid osteoma, bone abscess, non ossifying fibroma, osteoblastoma or adamantinoma until it is biopsied or removed.
Intracortical osteosarcoma is a very rare, cancerous bone tumor that develops from the strong outer bone layer, called the cortex. Although intracortical osteosarcomas are confined to the outer cortex of the bone, they pose a risk of destroying the bone if not treated. Additionally, pathological fractures may result from this tumor. Intracortical osteosarcoma is malignant and can metastasize, or spread, with the lungs being the most common site for metastasis.
Radiographic imaging is used to help form a diagnosis of intracortical osteosarcoma. These include X-Ray, MRI, CT and Bone Scans.
An example of an X-ray is shown.
Intracortical Osteosarcoma is a very rare, malignant bone sarcoma. Typically, treatment involves limb-sparing surgery. Radical resections and en bloc resections are common examples of limb-sparing surgeries. Due to its rarity, the effects of chemotherapy as treatment is uncertain.
Surgical treatment includes wide or radical resections to remove the complete tumor and additional margins. The removal of additional, surrounding margins ensures that the tumor is completely removed and decreases the chances of the tumor coming back.
Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment option for some cancers, meaning the chemotherapy drugs travel throughout the body and can kill the cancerous cells that have metastasized, or spread throughout. Chemotherapy is used to treat cancer, control/prevent cancer from spreading, and ease the symptoms related to the cancer. There are various drugs used in chemotherapy, so the combinations of drugs administered and the number of cycles may differ between each person and tumor. Lastly, chemotherapy may be used in conjunction with other treatments, specifically local treatments such as surgery.
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