Which physical findings are characteristic of angiosarcoma (AS) of bone?

Updated: Sep 04, 2018
  • Author: Maria Belén Carsi, MD, PhD, FRCS; Chief Editor: Edwin Choy, MD, PhD  more...
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Angiosarcoma of bone [12, 18] can affect any portion of the skeleton, although 33% of these tumors occur in the axial skeleton, 33% in long tubular bones, and the rest in the small bones of the hands and feet. These tumors can be multifocal, affecting the same bone with multiple lesions, or multicentric, involving multiple bones of the same extremity. Patients do not present with specific symptoms, although pain is common and the area is frequently tender.

Sometimes, swelling and increased size of the affected limb due to involvement of a superficial bone or to soft tissue extension characterize the presentation. Pathologic fractures occur in 10% of patients.


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