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Benign bone growth: Osteoma is a growth of new bone usually growing on or within another piece of bone, typically the skull. The lesion is considered benign. When this tumor grows on other bone it is known as "homoplastic osteoma"; when it grows on other tissue it is called "heteroplastic osteoma". The primary variant is known as an osteoid osteoma which has a center of growing cells, called a nidus, surrounded by a hard shell of thickened bone. The osteoid osteomas tend to be small—less than 1.5 cm in size and they may occur in any bone in the body appearing in patients between the ages of 4 and 25 years old ...Read more
Bone tumor.: An osteoma is a tumor of the bone, usually implying a slow-growing tumor that is benign. The tumor is composed of well-differentiated, dense, fibrotic, compact bone, and often occurs in the skull and facial bones. A homoplastic osteoma is tumor that forms on a bone, while a heteroplastic osteoma forms at non-bony ecoptic sites. ...Read more
Osteoma gosh: Not to be confused with osteoid osteoma; osteomas are benign outgrowths of bone, typically found on the skull. They are removed when they interfere with normal functions like hearing, sight, etc. In other words only when they become symptomatic. ...Read more
Bone pain: It most often causes pain in area it occurs. Occasionally it will irritate other tissues in the area. The pain often responds to Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications. Alcohol can intensify the pain. With time, the tumor (which is benign) "burns out" and the pain subsides. If not, an orthopedic oncologist (tumor specialist) can give you other options. ...Read more
Nuisance lesion: These have exactly zero malignant potential if the diagnosis is right. If it's on your forehead, it'll be annoying and unsightly. If it's in a nasal sinus, it's probably going to be uncomfortable. That's really about it. ...Read more
An osteoid osteoma is a benign (non-cancerous) bone tumor. It has a center of growing cells, called a nidus, surrounded by a hard shell of thickened bone. No one knows why these tumors form. They do not spread throughout the rest of the body.
Osteoid osteomas tend to be small—less than 1.5 cm in size and they may occur in any bone in the body. They are most common in long bones, such as the thigh. ...Read more
Facial Osteoma: See a head and neck surgeon (ENT) to make sure it's just an isolated money growth. It may need to be biopsied... If it is just a benign osteoma it could be removed by an ENT or a plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Orthopedic: As this is a benign condition of the bone I would think an orthopedic surgeon may be the person; on the other hand it is located on the frontal bone and maybe a plastic surgeon should be consulted. Speak with your physician about the goals you have in mind and make a mutual decision about which would be best. ...Read more
Various types: Osteoid osteomas are famously painful. There are new ways of treating them with focused energy. A common osteoma involving the skull may block the outlet to a nasal sinus and cause pain in this way. Don't forget that there are other possibilities. If you have increased intracranial pressure, be sure an explanation is found -- the mere concurrent presence of an osteoma proves little. ...Read more
I have an osteoma on my mandible. It looks a little funny, but doesn't bother me. My ENT mentioned removing it. Is that necessary?
Need to examine:
How long have you had the lesion? Is it growing? Was an x-ray examination done? If you know it to be a benign osteoma, you may watch and wait. If the lesion doubles in size, becomes irregular in shape, bleeds, or ulcerates, see a doctor.
Wish you good health! ...Read more
Hi doctor my problem is osteoid osteoma. It may pass by itself several years. Should I wait or be operated? If I wait when it removed my skin?
I have a pea sized bump under skin above my eyebrow. It is painless and been there for 2 years. Osteoma? Skin moves freely over it. Has not changed.
Possibly: Any painless lesion in the forehead area that has not grown in two years has to be benign. Whether it is a cyst, fibroma or osteoma only a bx can define. This however is not necessary unless symptoms change. Malignant lesions by definition have to grow when they arise in this region. ...Read more
These tumors have been reported to shrink on their own with no surgical intervention over several years.
The standard treatment for osteoid osteoma is surgically cutting out of the entire tumor, particularly the central core, for a good outcome.
Ct-guided radiofrequency removal of the nidus has been successfully used with few recurrences and little complication. ...Read more
What is a ossified lesion with a benign osteoma or old calcified meningioma in the r frontal region of my brain?
Benign brain lesions: These are benign. In other words, not malignant lesions and do not require treatment unless you have significant symptoms. Ossified means there is some bony part to it or it has solidified / no longer fluid. ...Read more
I have an osteoma (bony growth) on my forehead. I would like to have it removed. Is surgery considered "cosmetic? "
Osteoma: Depends on the size & other symptoms. Consult your examining doctor. ...Read more
I have to manage pain from an osteoid osteoma until ablation. I am 23 y.O. And taking 100mg aspirin every 3 hours for a few months. How safe is this?
I've had rf ablation of osteoid osteoma (9 minutes). Postop pain not getting better for 5 days. Surgeon said 1-2 days max. Will it resolve on its own?
It depends: It depends in part on what is causing your pain, I would certainly let your doctor know. It may be a soreness from the procedure, or that the condition has not yet been completely taken care of, or it may be coming from another source. Your doctor would be in the best position to answer why it is still hurting. Thank you for your question. ...Read more
My husband 41 years has a swollen sack inside the bone of the ankle. In report they called it osteod osteoma. Explain please I am so desperate...
Osteoid osteoma: Osteoid osteomas are benign bone tumors. They have a classic presentation of pain at night that is relieved within 20-30 minutes after use of an anti-inflammatory. Typically they resolve on their own but may require surgical treatment if the patient desires quicker relief. I would recommend evaluation by your physician to decide the best course of action. ...Read more
How could I know that the surgical removal of the osteod osteoma inside the bone of the ankle will not affect badly the tissues& nerves around. Help me?
Do I need surgery? I have a 7mm osteoma in the midline left frontal sinus. There is an additional 8mm osteoma or benign hemangioma in the midline frontal calvarium. Ave
Osteomas: Osteomas are benign, slowly growing, and rarely need surgery in general unless they are symptomatic (usually pain by expanding into sensitive lining tissue of the sinus) or creating functional obstruction by blocking the natural pathways that the frontal sinus drains into the nose. In your case this is probably not the case and it could easily be monitored by ct imaging at extended intervals. ...Read more
Most osteomas: Are incidentally discovered on imaging, are asymptomatic, and require no treatment. Occasionally they are located in a position that might obstruct sinus drainage and thereby cause symptoms. Talk to your doc about whether this finding could potentially be symptomatic, or, more likely, is not significant, in your case. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for osteod osteoma since it is in critical place inside the bone of ankle& maybcause damage to bones and nerves around it?
I have an osteoma on my first Left rib. Its grown since I had a work physical, CT proved it to be bone. Can osteomas be cancerous? I'm 32 and healthy.
Unusual: Get a 2nd radiologist's input. Osteoid osteomas are fairly common in ribs but true osteomas less so. I'd get a couple of physicians' thoughts. At age 31, a primary rib cancer pretending to one-or-another of the lesions that a radiologist would tell you is an "osteoma" would be exceptional -- but bone tumors can do the unexpected. ...Read more
My boyfriend has a osteoid osteoma in his upper leg, is radiotherapy ablation available in South Africa?
More than likely:
An advanced country such as South Africa will have radiation therapy facilities. You may wish to check with your local hospital.
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