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Can You Have Osteochondroma On Your L5
Rarely: When removing an osteochondroma we are careful to remove all of the cartilage at the tip (the cartilage cap). If the cap is completely removed, the osteochondroma cannot recur. If some is left behind, it can recur. Very rarely, the cap can also become malignant (and spread). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Extremely unlikely: Osteochondromais a benign tumor. 1% of cases or fewer turn into a low grade cancer (chondrosarcoma). It would be unlikely to spread or cause death. Even more rarely the low grade chondrosarcoma can progress into a high grade aggressive one that can be deadly. I guess you could also die of complications from having an osteochondroma removed. So overall chances of death from it are miniscule. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sarcs are malignant: Osteosarcoma is a cancer starting in bones, most commonly in children/young adults, while osteochondroma is a non-cancerous bony spur, most often occuring in teenagers. Osteochondromas usually need no treatment and are only followed, while osteosarcomas require agressive treatment, often including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery; the prognosis has improved a great deal recently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both bone cancers: They are both bone cancers, but look somewhat differently under the microscope. Osteosarcoma is more common and generally presents in adolescents and young adults. Chondrosarcoma presents later usually. Treatment for osteosarcoma involves chemo and surgery whereas for chondrosarcoma is surgery and chemotherapy is controversial. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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