In discussing tumors of the pelvic bones there are two rather striking factors: One is that in every case in which the diagnosis is obscure there is the possibility that the patient may have either a primary or a secondary tumor; the other is that when a tumor of the pelvic bones is demonstrated it is not easy to determine in many cases what the outcome is to be.
The primary malignant tumors of the pelvic bones are always difficult to diagnose in the early stages, and they are often not even suspected. If the possibility is kept in mind and careful attention is given to the general physical condition and repeated x-ray pictures are made, the diagnosis can ultimately be established, although at times one may be in doubt as to whether or not the tumor is primary or secondary. Kolodny1 stated that in the presence of a
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