Bone Tumor Discussion

Bone tumors may be benign or malignant, and differentiation may be difficult. Statistically, most bone tumors are benign. If the tumor does prove to be malignant, major resection or amputation with or without adjuvant therapy may be required. Malignant bone tumors may spread uncontrollably and result in death. Benign tumors may be locally aggressive and can recur even after surgical removal, at times requiring amputation for local control. Any bone tumor may weaken the bone and result in pathologic fracture. Treatment options include observation with additional xrays taken at regular intervals to monitor any progressive change, further scans or biopsy. The most exact diagnostic technique is biopsy to obtain tissue for pathologic examination.

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