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Soft-Tissue Lumps and Bumps
Timothy A. Damron, MD; Chris P. Beauchamp, MD; Bruce T. Rougraff, MD; William G. Ward, MD
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An Instructional Course Lecture, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Timothy A. Damron, MD
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory, Institute for Human Performance, IHP-3117, Upstate Medical University, 505 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13201. E-mail address: damront@upstate.edu

Chris P. Beauchamp, MD
Department of Orthopedics, Mayo Clinic, 13400 East Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Bruce T. Rougraff, MD
OrthoIndy, 8450 Northwest Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46278

William G. Ward, MD
Department of Orthopaedics, Wake Forest University Medical Center, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157

The authors did not receive grants or outside funding in support of their research or preparation of this manuscript. They did not receive payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the authors are affiliated or associated.

Printed with permission of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. This article, as well as other lectures presented at the Academy's Annual Meeting, will be available in March 2004 in Instructional Course Lectures, Volume 53. The complete volume can be ordered online at www.aaos.org, or by calling 800-626-6726 (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Central time).

Look for these related articles in Instructional Course Lectures , Volume 53, which will be published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in March 2004:
• "Enchondroma and Chondrosarcoma of Bone: Clinical, Radiologic, and Histologic Differentiation," by Scott D. Weiner, MD
• "The Biopsy," by Mark Scarborough, MD

J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2003 Jun 01;85(6):1142-1155
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Patients commonly present to their surgeon with a soft-tissue mass of an extremity or the torso. With an annual incidence of approximately 300 benign soft-tissue tumors, compared with only two malignant soft-tissue tumors, per 100,000 people in the United States, the majority of orthopaedic surgeons most frequently encounter benign soft-tissue masses. In order to avoid missing one of the 6000 malignant soft-tissue tumors that are diagnosed annually in the United States, orthopaedic surgeons must recognize the features key to differentiating benign from malignant tumors. The purpose of this lecture is to point out those key features and to outline an approach for physicians in evaluating soft-tissue masses.
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