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Osteochondroma Overview

What is an osteochondroma?
A person with an osteochondroma has abnormal bone cells that multiply to form a benign tumor. Benign tumors are not cancerous because they do not spread to other areas of the body. Osteochondromas occur most frequently in the leg, shoulder blade or pelvis. They are most common in those who are between 10 and 20 years old.

What are the symptoms of an osteochondroma?
Symptoms of osteochondroma depend on location of the tumor. Symptoms of osteochondroma may include bone pain: hip pain, ankle pain, leg pain, knee pain, shoulder pain. An osteochondroma may also cause bone swelling.

How does the doctor treat an osteochondroma?
Treatment for an osteochondroma may include splints, which protect the bone from breaking, and surgery to remove the tumor.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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