Osteochondroma is an overgrowth of cartilage and bone at the end of the bone near the growth plate. Most often, it affects the long bones in the leg, the pelvis, or the shoulder blade.
Osteochondroma is the most common noncancerous bone growth. It most often occurs between the ages of 10 and 30 years. It affects males and females equally.
These are the most common symptoms of osteochondroma:
Often, people with osteochondroma will have no symptoms at all.
When they do happen, symptoms of osteochondroma may look like other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.
Your doctor will review your medical history and do a physical exam. Other tests include:
Your health care provider will figure out the best treatment based on:
Treatment for osteochondromas varies depending on the size of the growth and your symptoms. Treatment may include:
If there is no sign of bone weakening or increased overgrowth, your doctor may want to watch it over time. Careful follow-up with a doctor to monitor bone growth may be advised.
Osteochondroma is an overgrowth of cartilage and bone at the end of the bone near the growth plate. It affects males and females equally.