Chondroblastoma

What is chondroblastoma?

Sometimes called Codman's tumor, a chondroblastoma is a rare type of benign bone tumor that originates from cartilage. Cartilage is the specialized, gristly connective tissue that is present in adults and the tissue from which most bones develop.

Cartilage plays an important role in the growth process. There are many different types of cartilage that are present throughout the body. Chondroblastoma most often affects the ends of the long bones in the arms and legs at the hip, shoulder, and knee.

Chondroblastoma is a rare type of bone tumor that can affect people of all ages. It is, however, most common in children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 20 years. This type of tumor is also more common in males than females.

What causes chondroblastoma?

The exact cause of chondroblastoma is not known. The tumors are believed to originate from immature cartilage producing cells called chondroblasts.

What are the symptoms of chondroblastoma?

Symptoms of chondroblastoma may vary depending on the location of the tumor. The following are the most common symptoms of chondroblastoma. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.

Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of chondroblastoma may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

How is chondroblastoma diagnosed?

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for chondroblastoma may include the following:

Treatment for chondroblastoma

Specific treatment for chondroblastoma will be determined by your physician based on:

The goal for treatment of chondroblastoma is to remove the tumor and prevent damage to the end of the affected bone. Treatment may include:

The tumor may recur. For this reason, follow-up with your physician is essential.

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