Fast Five Quiz: Metastatic Bone Disease Management

Maurie Markman, MD


March 27, 2019

The spine is the most common site of bone metastases, followed by the pelvis, ribs, and proximal limb girdles. Metastases to sites distal to the elbow and knee are rare.

MBD of the femur, proximal humerus, scapula, and tibial plateau are possible; however, MBD of the spine, pelvis, ribs, and proximal limb girdles is more common.

Mandible and maxillary metastases are very uncommon owing to the lack of large of amounts of bone marrow in the jaw. Bone metastases in the jaw are associated with throat and oral cancers, and though rare, breast cancer.

For more on skeletal sites of MBD, read here.


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