Osteoid osteoma refers to bone-like tumors that grow on the spine and long bones, such as the thigh and shin bones. These tumors are benign and not cancerous. Although they do not grow, spread, or invade other organs, they can lead to back pain and other signs and symptoms.
The cause of osteoid osteoma is still unknown. It accounts for approximately 5% of all bone tumors and 11% of benign bone tumors common in males. Although it’s more common in children and young adults, it can affect everyone regardless of age. Males are three times more likely to develop these tumors than females.
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