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Osteochondroma is a common, noncancerous tumor that affects as many as 2 percent of all children. An osteochondroma is a benign growth made up of a mix of bone and cartilage tissue. Osteochondromas generally occur at the ends of long bones in the body, such as where the arm meets the wrist.

Osteochondroma: What You Need to Know

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  • Most osteochondromas produce no symptoms unless nerves, tendons or ligaments rub against them. In this case, your child may feel minor pain in the area.
  • Sometimes you can feel an osteochondroma tumor yourself. It may feel like a hard lump of tissue jutting out from a bone.
  • These bone tumors are diagnosed by X-ray.
  • Children with an osteochondroma should be seen regularly by an orthopaedic doctor because in very rare instances, this benign tumor can turn cancerous.
  • Most of the time, an osteochondroma does not require surgery. If the tumor causes pain, it can be removed by surgery.

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Why Choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of osteochondroma?

Dr. Carol Morris, pediatric orthopaedic oncologist

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Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage osteochondroma.

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Our physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) specialize in pediatric orthopaedics and play a key role in providing care to our patients and families.

Meet our staff that cares for patients with osteochondroma:

Mary Yost, F.N.P.-C.

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