Also known as: enchondromatosis
What is enchondroma?
Enchondromas are non-cancerous (usually) cartilage tumors that are found in the marrow of a bone (frequently the small bones of the hand, but can occur in the long bones of thigh, shin and upper arm). They are usually single growths, and boys and girls, 10-20 years of age, of all races are equally affected.
What causes enchondroma?
The reason for the abnormal cartilage growth is unknown. When multiple enchondromas are found, a gene abnormality may be the cause.
What are the symptoms of enchondroma?
When small, there may be no symptoms; tumors often being found while studies are being done for other problems. When large, they can cause pain, difficulty moving, bone enlargement/ deformities and bone fractures.
What are enchondroma care options?
If the enchondroma does not cause any symptoms, your doctor may choose to monitor it to ensure that it doesn’t grow. If it enlarges or causes complications, surgery
to remove the growth may be recommended.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: 6/7/2017 3:35:10 PM
From the Newsdesk
Meet our July Patient of the Month, Lacy. Lacy was only 2 years old when her parents noticed that something was wrong. They took her to various doctors to try to find what could be the cause, Lacy had an 8 cm. tumor in her brain, occupying most of the lower part of her head.
At a young age, Bi’Yanie was diagnosed with sickle cell, a blood disorder that causes the cells to take on a crescent or sickle shape and can lead to very painful episodes called crises. Today, Bi’Yanie is getting stronger by the day, thanks to the bone marrow transplant she received at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.