Rib fracture following stereotactic body radiotherapy: a potential pitfall.

Sinisa Stanic, Thomas P. Boike, William G. Rule, Robert D. Timmerman

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Abstract

Although the incidence of rib fractures after conventional radiotherapy is generally low (<2%), rib fractures are a relatively common complication of stereotactic body radiotherapy. For malignancy adjacent to the chest wall, the incidence of rib fractures after stereotactic body radiotherapy is as high as 10%. Unrecognized bone fractures can mimic bone metastases on bone scintigraphy, can lead to extensive workup, and can even lead to consideration of unnecessary systemic chemotherapy, as treatment decisions can be based on imaging findings alone. Nuclear medicine physicians and diagnostic radiologists should always consider rib fracture in the differential diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Volume36
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Stanic, S., Boike, T. P., Rule, W. G., & Timmerman, R. D. (2011). Rib fracture following stereotactic body radiotherapy: a potential pitfall. Clinical Nuclear Medicine, 36(11).

Rib fracture following stereotactic body radiotherapy : a potential pitfall. / Stanic, Sinisa; Boike, Thomas P.; Rule, William G.; Timmerman, Robert D.

In: Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Vol. 36, No. 11, 11.2011.

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Stanic, S, Boike, TP, Rule, WG & Timmerman, RD 2011, 'Rib fracture following stereotactic body radiotherapy: a potential pitfall.', Clinical Nuclear Medicine, vol. 36, no. 11.
Stanic, Sinisa ; Boike, Thomas P. ; Rule, William G. ; Timmerman, Robert D. / Rib fracture following stereotactic body radiotherapy : a potential pitfall. In: Clinical Nuclear Medicine. 2011 ; Vol. 36, No. 11.
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