Wrist Arthrodesis with Vascularized Fibular Graft after Failed Allograft Replacement for Giant-Cell Tumor Resection – (Pages 27-31)

Stefano Bastoni1, Elena Lucattelli2,*, Luca Delcroix2, Fabio Sciancalepore1, Primo Andrea Daolio1, Marco Innocenti2

1 C.O.O., Azienda Socio Sanitaria Territoriale Gaetano Pini, Milan, Italy
2 Plastic and Reconstructive Microsurgery, Careggi University Hospital, Florence, Italy

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31907/2414-2093.2019.05.05


Giant-cell tumor (GCT) is locally aggressive bone neoplasm, with an unpredictable pattern of biological aggressiveness. The optimal treatment had to achieve a negligible local recurrence rate while maximizing musculoskeletal function. Numerous options for reconstruction are available, but in the literature there is a lack of salvage surgery data. We present a case of a 67-year-old woman who underwent complete wrist arthrodesis with
vascularized fibular graft as salvage procedure for allograft necrosis, after excision of a distal radius GCT. The patient did not complain of any impairment in daily use, and the functional score was 22 points (73%) at latest follow-up of 14 months. Despite joint salvage remains the most favorable treatment with regard to functional outcome for aggressive tumors of the distal radius, vascularized fibular grafts is a valuable alternative especially in salvage procedures, where the use of another allograft could lead to higher complications rate.


Vascularized fibular graft, Wrist arthrodesis, Giant-Cell Tumor, Fibula free flap.