Chondromas

Also known as: enchondromas, periosteal chondromas, juxtacortical chondromas

What are chondromas?

A tumor that forms on or in the bones might be an chondroma. Chondromas are benign, which means they are non-cancerous, but they can still cause a number of symptoms.

What causes chondromas?
When cells are stimulated to become cartilage rather than bone, this process might stimulate the creation of an chondroma. However, the exact cause is not entirely clear.

What are the symptoms of chondromas?
Mild chondromas may occur without causing any symptoms. If they become large or affect the hands and feet, however, they can cause pain, difficulty moving and even deformities. Fractures or enlargements of the toes or fingers can also occur.

What are chondromas care options?
If the chondroma does not cause any symptoms, the doctor may choose to monitor it to ensure that it doesn’t get worse. The surgical procedure to remove a chondroma is known as curettage, which involves scraping out the tumor. A bone graft to replace missing bone may be required after this process.

Reviewed by: Michael Tidwell, MD

This page was last updated on: 8/7/2018 9:26:08 AM

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