Limb-sparing surgery with latissimus dorsi flap reconstruction in extremity soft tissue sarcoma: Case series

Erwin Danil Yulian, Hana Qonita, Evelina Kodrat, Kevin Varian Marcevianto

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Introduction and importance: Function-preserving and Limb-sparing surgery are now the accepted gold standard of care for Extremity Soft Tissue Sarcoma (ESTS) with the goal of surgery for STS of extremities to obtain local tumor control and minimal morbidity. Limb-sparing surgery with post-operative radiotherapy for STS results in high survival rates and local control. Adjuvant radio chemotherapy might improve distant and local recurrence in high-risk patients. Hence, we aim to present how to achieve local tumor control and minimal morbidity for high grade ESTS by conducting limb-sparing surgery combined with appropriate reconstruction and radio chemotherapy. Case presentation: We present 2 cases with high grade sarcoma that underwent limb-sparing surgery with Latissimus Dorsi (LD) flap reconstructions. Wide excisions were completed with limb-sparing surgeries for both cases with free surgical margins and LD flap reconstructions. There was no post-operative complication. Follow up examination revealed normal function of the arm. The first patient was still in remission after 2-years follow up. The second patient got pulmonary metastasis after complete resection and adjuvant radiotherapy. Clinical discussion: Limb-sparing surgery with LD flap reconstruction is able to remove the tumor completely with negative margin for the primary objective. Secondary objectives are minimizing the morbidity, maximizing postoperative body functions, as well as achieving the best cosmetic value are also achieved. LD flap is commonly easy to harvest and able to give large tissue coverage for reconstruction after surgery. Conclusion: Limb sparing surgery followed by soft-tissue reconstruction and radio chemotherapy are suitable for increasing oncologic outcome, tumor control, and limb preservation. However, inhibitions towards local recurrence and distant metastases were not guaranteed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107345
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • Case report
  • Limb sparing surgery
  • Sarcoma
  • Soft tissue sarcoma


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