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September 1966

Translumbar Amputation for Carcinoma of the Vagina

Author Affiliations

From the Memorial Center for Cancer and Allied Diseases, New York.

Arch Surg. 1966;93(3):502-506. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1966.01330030132027

TRANSLUMBAR amputation has rarely been performed,1-5 and each case, whether successful or unsuccessful, should be reported. The subject of this report is a 46-year-old Caucasian woman who was admitted to Memorial Hospital on July 13, 1965, for treatment of carcinoma of the vagina involving the perineum, rectum, pubis, groins, and upper thighs which had failed to respond to radiation, conventional surgery, or chemotherapy. She survived her operation and was undergoing physiotherapy when she was found to have residual disease in the form of subcutaneous nodules. These were excised and the patient was returned to the Institute for Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine. In January 1966, however, she was found to have a mass involving the cecum and liver metastasis. At the present time she is undergoing chemotherapy.

Report of Case  In January 1963, the patient noted a nodule in her left groin. In March 1963, she was referred by her

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