Also known as: nonossifying fibroma, NOF, fibrous cortical defects, cortical Desmond's
What is non-ossifying fibroma?
A Non-ossifying fibroma, or NOF, is a common, benign ( non malignant -non spreading ) fibrous tissue ( like a scar ) tumor in boys and girls that is usually found in the thigh ( femur ) or shin ( tibia ) bones ( but can occur in other bones),
What causes non-ossifying fibroma?
Cause is unknown.
What are the symptoms of non-ossifying fibroma?
In most cases, NOF doesn’t cause any symptoms, and is frequently discovered by chance when an X-ray is done. Mild pain and swelling may be present in the affected area. If large it may weaken the bone and increase the risk of a fracture occurring.
What are non-ossifying fibroma care options?
In most cases, NOFs do not require treatment. Surgery may be considered if it may weaken the bone, the bone requires stabilization or after a fracture. Many treatment options are available and our Orthopedic and other specialists at Nicklaus Children's Hospital will discuss them with you to ensure the best possible outcome.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:02:30 PM
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