Author(s): Kim HJ, Boland PJ, Meredith DS, Lis E, Zhang Z,
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Abstract PURPOSE: Sacral insufficiency fractures after adjuvant radiation for rectal carcinoma can present similarly to recurrent disease. As a complication associated with pelvic radiation, it is important to be aware of the incidence and risk factors associated with sacral fractures in the clinical assessment of these patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between 1998 and 2007, a total of 582 patients with locally advanced rectal carcinoma received adjuvant chemoradiation and surgical excision. Of these, 492 patients had imaging studies available for review. Hospital records and imaging studies from all 492 patients were retrospectively evaluated to identify risk factors associated with developing a sacral insufficiency fracture. RESULTS: With a median follow-up time of 3.5 years, the incidence of sacral fractures was 7.1\% (35/492). The 4-year sacral fracture free rate was 0.91. Univariate analysis showed that increasing age (≥60 vs. <60 years), female sex, and history of osteoporosis were significantly associated with shorter time to sacral fracture (P=.01, P=.004, P=.001, respectively). There was no significant difference in the time to sacral fracture for patients based on stage, radiotherapy dose, or chemotherapy regimen. Multivariate analysis showed increasing age (≥60 vs. <60 years, hazard ratio [HR] = 2.50, 95\% confidence interval [CI] = 1.22-5.13, P=.01), female sex (HR = 2.64, CI = 1.29-5.38, P=.008), and history of osteoporosis (HR = 3.23, CI = 1.23-8.50, P=.02) were independent risk factors associated with sacral fracture. CONCLUSIONS: Sacral insufficiency fractures after pelvic radiation for rectal carcinoma occur more commonly than previously described. Independent risk factors associated with fracture were osteoporosis, female sex, and age greater than 60 years. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys
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