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Vol 7, No 6 (2011)
Case report
Published online: 2012-02-27
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Sacral bone fracture — late side effect of radiotherapy. A case report

Jakub Pałucki
Onkol. Prak. Klin 2011;7(6):323-326.

open access

Vol 7, No 6 (2011)
CASE REPORT
Published online: 2012-02-27

Abstract

A case of patient with the diagnosis of uterine cervical cancer, who experienced post-treatment (radiochemotherapy) sacral bone fracture due to skeletal overloading was reported. The clinical signs appeared
32 months after completion of radiation therapy. The diagnosis was made on the basis of magnetic resonance imaging. This report emphasizes the role of diagnostic imaging in evaluation of this type of radiotherapy complication. Fractures of the pelvic bones are reported in up to 20% patients undergoing
radiotherapy for gynecological malignancy. The differential diagnosis of treatment-induced fractures and bone metastases is essential in order to provide appropriate treatment.

Abstract

A case of patient with the diagnosis of uterine cervical cancer, who experienced post-treatment (radiochemotherapy) sacral bone fracture due to skeletal overloading was reported. The clinical signs appeared
32 months after completion of radiation therapy. The diagnosis was made on the basis of magnetic resonance imaging. This report emphasizes the role of diagnostic imaging in evaluation of this type of radiotherapy complication. Fractures of the pelvic bones are reported in up to 20% patients undergoing
radiotherapy for gynecological malignancy. The differential diagnosis of treatment-induced fractures and bone metastases is essential in order to provide appropriate treatment.
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Keywords

uterine cervical neoplasms, radiotherapy, radiation injuries, diagnostic imaging

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Title

Sacral bone fracture — late side effect of radiotherapy. A case report

Journal

Oncology in Clinical Practice

Issue

Vol 7, No 6 (2011)

Article type

Case report

Pages

323-326

Published online

2012-02-27

Bibliographic record

Onkol. Prak. Klin 2011;7(6):323-326.

Keywords

uterine cervical neoplasms
radiotherapy
radiation injuries
diagnostic imaging

Authors

Jakub Pałucki

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