Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bone Cyst Symptoms

Most children will have no symptoms from a bone cyst. Sometimes a cyst is found on an x-ray taken for another reason.

Bone cysts can result in loss of bone tissue. This may cause a structural weakening in the bone. When the bone becomes too weak, the bone may fracture. This is referred to as a pathologic fracture. About 65 percent of bone cysts are discovered when a fracture occurs after a minor injury.

Less common symptoms of a bone cyst include:

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Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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