Osteoid osteomas may be discovered when an x-ray is taken for another reason. They most frequently occur in the arm of the leg.
Symptoms of osteoid osteoma include:
- Bone pain:
- Pain may be located in the spine, trunk, limbs or skull
- Pain may be worse at night
- Arm pain
- Leg pain
- Joint pains:
- Lump on the surface of a bone
- Swelling overlying a bone:
- Chronic back pain
- Abnormal curvature of the spine
- Sudden, severe bone pain after a minor injury
Bone tumors can weaken the bone. If the bone becomes too weak, a fracture can occur.
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