Clin Should Elbow.  2021 Jun;24(2):110-113. 10.5397/cise.2021.00199.

Metastasis of renal cell carcinoma around suture anchor implants

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Seoul Red Cross Hospital, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, CM Hospital, Seoul, Korea
  • 3Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Yonsei Gunwoo Hospital, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


We present an unusual case of bone metastases from renal cell carcinoma around orthopedic implants in a 78-year-old female with osteolytic, expansile, highly vascularized, malignant infiltration around suture anchors in the proximal humerus. The patient had undergone arthroscopic rotator cuff repair using suture anchor implants 6 years previously. After diagnosis of bone metastasis, she was successfully treated with metastasectomy and internal fixation using a plate and screws, with cement augmentation. This report is the first to document metastases around a suture anchor in a bone and suggests the vulnerability of suture anchor implants to tumor metastasis.


Metastasis; Renal cell carcinoma; Suture anchor; Orthopedic implant; Metastasectomy
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