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What is the difference between osteoid osteoma and osteoma? Can a osteoid osteoma occur on the skull?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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In brief: Yes

They're quite different.
Osteoma is solid bone, like a rock. Famous in the sinuses but can pop up anywhere. Osteoid osteoma is a tiny piece of painful new spongy bone, like in a marrow cavity, surrounded by your bone that it's made denser. A radiologist may be able to make the call of an osteoid osteoma so it can be roasted and thus de-activated without the need for sugery.

In brief: Yes

They're quite different.
Osteoma is solid bone, like a rock. Famous in the sinuses but can pop up anywhere. Osteoid osteoma is a tiny piece of painful new spongy bone, like in a marrow cavity, surrounded by your bone that it's made denser. A radiologist may be able to make the call of an osteoid osteoma so it can be roasted and thus de-activated without the need for sugery.
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