To review the most important imaging findings for surgical planning that should be evaluated during the locoregional staging of Soft Tissue Sarcomas (STS) of the extremities.
STS are rare malignant tumours originating from mesenchymal tissue at any body site but mostly arising in an extremity (59%).
STS staging classifications are evolving,
is an essential tool for the initial evaluation of these patients,
as its soft tissue resolution permits excellent delineation of the extent of the tumour and its relation to adjacent structures.
Imaging findings OR Procedure Details
We reviewed MRI studies performed at our institution,
during the initial evaluation of patients with a diagnosis of STS of the extremities,
to illustrate findings relevant for surgical planning,
such as tumour size,
neurovascular and bone/joint invasion. STS commonly present as an enlarging,
Distant metastatic disease is uncommon,
being more frequent in large,
deep and high-grade tumours. Initial evaluation of a soft tissue mass...
STS of the extremities are a group of rare and heterogeneous neoplasms mostly managed at tertiary and specialised hospitals.
every Radiologist should be familiarized with their evaluation as initial imaging is commonly performed outside these centres.
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