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Scapulo-humeral arthrodesis (SHA) is a proven reconstruction method in patients with proximal humerus malignancies requiring resection of the shoulder abduction apparatus (rotator cuff and deltoid muscles) or its nerve supply. Standard practice consists in using a pedicled fibular flap. We use instead a pedicled autologous bone graft harvested from the ipsilateral scapular pillar.
The objective of this study was to assess functional outcomes and radiological healing after SHA using a pedicled scapular pillar graft.
Materials and methods
We retrospectively reviewed the charts of the 12 patients managed at a single center by a single surgeon between 1994 and 2011. SHA was performed using a vascularised ipsilateral scapular pillar graft after proximal humerus resection to treat a bone malignancy. The graft was harvested from the ipsilateral scapular pillar, pedicled on the circumflex scapular artery, fitted into the remaining proximal humerus, and secured to the glenoid using screws. A humerus-scapular spine plate was added to stabilize the arthrodesis. Radiographic results were assessed on standard radiographs obtained at last follow-up. Functional outcomes were evaluated using the MusculoSkeletalTumour Society (MSTS) score and Toronto Extremity Salvage Score (TESS).
After a mean follow-up of 4.9years, 87.5% of SHA junctions were healed, mean MSTS score was 71%, and mean TESS score was 70%.
The outcomes in our patients were similar to those reported after SHA using a pedicled fibular flap. However, our technique does not require microsurgery. It is simple, reproducible, and effective. Its indications of choice are intra- or extra-articular resection of the proximal humerus including the attachments of the rotator cuff and deltoid muscle tendons or the nerves supplying these muscles.
Level of evidence
Level IV (retrospective study).Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Glenohumeral arthrodesis, Glenohumeral joint, Sarcoma, Scapula, Shoulder arthrodesis