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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-43

Soft tissue sarcoma of the thigh: Need for angiography in the developing countries

1 Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria
2 Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, Nigeria

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Ismaila Abiona Adigun
Department of Surgery, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 1459, Ilorin, Kwara State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1596-3519.62624

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Background: Soft tissue sarcomes (STS) are relatively rare tumors that are seldom seen in many surgical practices. In the developing countries, most patients present lately to the tertiary center either because of poverty, ignorance, or poor management by the primary health workers that first come into contact with these patients. Methods: We bring you five patients with large STS thighs that were managed by unity between the years 2005 and 2007. Results: Three of these patients are deceased, and one of the two surviving patients has amputation below the knee. The two surviving patients lost view after 3 months. Conclusion: Although angiography has been relegated to the background by the advent of modern techniques such as tomography imaging by computer (CT) and imaging by magnetic mirroring (IRM), in the developing countries angiography remains important as one prι-opιratoire of surgical guide in the thigh STS.

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