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CT guided percutaneous calcaneoplasty: a case of metastatic intra-articular calcaneus fracture
  1. S Kamalian1,
  2. A E Hirsch2,3,
  3. M L Growney1,
  4. K A Raskin3,4,
  5. A J Yoo1,3,
  6. K J Krag5,
  7. J A Hirsch1,3
  1. 1Division of Interventional Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  4. 4Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  5. 5Department of Medical Oncology, North Shore Medical Center, Peabody, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to J A Hirsch, Massachusetts General Hospital, Interventional Neuroradiology, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA; jahirsch{at}


Symptomatic bone metastases to the calcaneus are rare.1 Minimally invasive percutaneous augmentation is an option in the palliative management of patients with metastatic bone disease, and has been commonly used in the setting of vertebral compression fractures.2 Calcaneal augmentation can potentially allow for earlier weight bearing and a shorter period of disability. A case report is presented of percutaneous intra-articular calcaneal fracture augmentation using polymethyl methacrylate.

  • Malignant
  • Metastatic
  • CT
  • Intervention
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  • Competing interests JAH is a consultant and minor shareholder in Medtronic and Cardinal Healthcare.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Massachusetts General Hospital Institutional Review Board.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.