Complete excision of the scapula is performed so rarely that few reports of this procedure can be found in the medical literature. The only reference in recent years is an article by Wakeley,1 of London. His patient was a young man whose right scapula was removed because of an osteogenic sarcoma. After the excision the trapezius muscle was sutured to the deltoid, and the functional result was very satisfactory.
Nearly all of the reported operations were done for sarcoma or for metastatic carcinoma, with a few scattered cases of necrosis due to injury or infection.
REPORT OF CASE
The following case is of interest for several reasons:A man of 56 from a neighboring state entered St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, June 8, 1938, complaining of pain and swelling in the right shoulder. Six years previously he had undergone the resection of several inches of his transverse colon for chronic