An osteochondroma is a non-cancerous tumor that grows at the end of a bone; these are the most prevalent benign bone growths. Osteochondromas mainly affect children and young adults. Often, the condition requires no treatment beyond regular monitoring by a doctor. The prognosis and treatment options for osteochondroma depend on the location and number of tumors.
Osteochondroma tumors develop when excess bone and cartilage grow at the ends of bones, near the growth plates. It is normal for bone to build at this location to lengthen bones as children grow, but osteochondromas are abnormal growths. Often, the unwanted growth continues until the affected child stops growing. If it doesn't stop at this time, the individual could have a more serious condition.
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