Evaluation of patients with a soft tissue mass

Frank J. Frassica, Renee Genoa, Gregory Osgood

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The evaluation of a patient with a soft tissue mass is a very common problem that orthopedic surgeons will face. There are very features that help the clinician decide whether the mass is malignant or benign, so a very careful evaluation is necessary. The orthopedic surgeon has three choices as he or she plans treatment: (1) observation, (2) incisional or needle biopsy, and (3) excisional biopsy. Excisional biopsy is a very dangerous procedure to perform - the surgeon must be sure that the lesion is benign.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPassport for the Orthopedic Boards and FRCS Examination
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Paris
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9782817804750
ISBN (Print)9782817804743
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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