Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cyst of the Bone Treatment

Treatment options for a bone cyst in a child may include observation, as the cyst may resolve or decrease in size as the skeleton matures. Additional treatment includes corticosteroids injections, which reduce the size of the bone cyst in 60 to 80 percent of cases. A bone cyst requires surgery only when it interferes with bone growth, or causes a fracture.

The treatment for a bone cyst depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Location
  • Potential for fracture
  • Size
  • Symptoms

Treatment for a bone cyst may include:
  • Observation:
    • Small bone cysts that are not causing symptoms can be observed until the skeleton matures.
  • Corticosteroid injections for bone cysts
  • Surgery for bone cysts

Cyst of the Bone Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat bone cysts:

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Last Updated: May 12, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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