J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2014 Feb;49(1):58-63. 10.4055/jkoa.2014.49.1.58.

Osteosarcoma of the Metacarpal Bone

  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea. osteokim@yahoo.co.kr


Osteosarcoma commonly develops around the knee joint, and rarely in the hand. Patients with osteosarcoma of the hand often present with pain and swelling, and osteosarcoma of the hand has a biological behavior that differs from that of osteosarcoma at conventional sites. However, although it usually occurs in the older age group, compared with conventional osteosarcoma, the most common sites of hand osteosarcoma correlate with the most active growth and longest growing bones in the hand like conventional osteosarcoma, particularly in the metacarpophalangeal joints in the second and third digits. However, development of osteosarcoma in the metacarpal bone of the hand in an elderly patient has not yet been reported in the country. Thus, we report on two cases of osteosarcoma in the metacarpal bone of the hand in elderly patients, treated by ray amputation of the digit and preoperative and postoperative chemotherapy.


metacarpal bones; osteosarcoma; ray amputation; chemotherapy
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