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A chondroblastoma is a rare type of noncancerous bone tumor that begins in cartilage. This is the specialized, gristly connective tissue from which most bones develop. It plays an important role in the growth process. There are many different types of cartilage in the body. Chondroblastoma most often affects the ends of the long bones, near the growth plate, in the arms at the shoulder, and in the legs at the hip and knee. It is also called Codman’s tumor.
Chondroblastoma can affect people of all ages. But, it’s most common in children and young adults. It’s also more common in males than females.
Symptoms of chondroblastoma may vary depending on the location of the tumor. The following are the most common symptoms:
The symptoms may look like other medical conditions or problems. Always talk with your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, other tests may include:
The goal for treatment of chondroblastoma is to remove the tumor and prevent damage to the end of the affected bone. Treatment may include:
The tumor may recur. For this reason, follow-up with your healthcare provider is essential.
Chondroblastoma is a rare type of noncancerous bone tumor that starts from cartilage. It most often affects the ends of the long bones, near the growth plate, in the arms at the shoulder, and in the legs at the hip and knee. It is more common in children and young adults affecting males more than females.
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