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[Tumors of the foot: diagnostics and therapy]

Andreas Toepfer, U Lenze, B M Holzapfel, H Rechl, R Von Eisenhart-Rothe & H Gollwitzer

abstract Despite the compact anatomy with thin soft tissue coverage, diagnosis of both benign and malignant tumors of the foot is often delayed. Diagnostic errors are more common than in other body regions, as neoplasias are rarely considered. Barring a few exceptions the foot is not a typical predilection site for malignant musculoskeletal tumors, although, basically any tumor entity of the musculoskeletal system can affect the foot. Delays in specific diagnostic and therapeutic procedures of these lesions can entail serious consequences for patients as tumor size is a major prognostic factor for recurrence-free survival. In cases of an indistinct persistent swelling or bone lesion a tumorous process should always be considered to ensure early diagnosis and therapy of foot tumors.
citation Toepfer A, Lenze U, Holzapfel B M, Rechl H, von Eisenhart-Rothe R, Gollwitzer H. [Tumors of the foot: diagnostics and therapy]. Orthopade 2012; 41:563-80; quiz 581-2.
type journal paper/review (Translation2::getLang(): unknown language "". Use Translation2::setLang() to set a default language.)
date of publishing 7-2012
journal title Orthopade (41/7)
ISSN electronic 1433-0431
pages 563-80; quiz 581-2
PubMed 22717657
DOI 10.1007/s00132-011-1880-9