Is osteoma a cancer?

An osteoid osteoma is a type of bone tumor. It isn’t cancer (benign). It remains in the same place it starts. It won’t spread to other bones or parts of your body.

What are osteomas caused by?

What causes osteoid osteoma? An osteoid osteoma occurs when certain cells divide uncontrollably, forming a small mass of bone and other tissue. This growing tumor replaces healthy bone tissue with abnormal, hard bone tissue. No one knows exactly why this occurs.

What causes an osteoma on the forehead?

The peripheral osteoma arises by centrifugal growth from the periosteum, while central osteoma centripetally from the endosteum. They are seen commonly associated with the nose and the paranasal sinuses, the commonest being the frontal sinus.

Is osteoma removal painful?

This procedure is minimal invasive, is done on an outpatient basis and has a short recovery time. Since the nidus of an osteoid osteoma is usually very painful, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The procedure can only be performed if the patient has the typical clinical and imaging findings.

Are osteomas genetic?

Although the vast majority of osteomas occur sporadically without association with any other diseases or risk factors, in rare cases osteomas may be a component of an underlying hereditary disorder.

Is osteoma curable?

While osteomas are not cancerous, they can sometimes cause headaches, sinus infections, hearing issues or vision problems – however, many benign osteomas don’t require treatment at all. If treatment is needed, your doctor may prescribe surgery, pain relievers, or other minimally invasive techniques to provide relief.

How are osteomas removed?

To remove an osteoma, a small incision can be made to access the skull and growth under the skin, facial muscles and tissue. In most cases, this incision is made behind the hairline, hiding the scar from sight. Using endoscopic surgical tools, Dr. Lesley can remove the osteoma from the skull and redesign the bone.

Is it necessary to remove osteoma?

Osteomas are benign growths of bone that typically occur in the skull or jawbone. However, they can also present elsewhere, such as in the long bones of the body. Osteomas may not cause any symptoms and do not always need treatment. When treatment is necessary, a doctor will likely recommend removing the growth.

Do osteomas get bigger?

In fact, a person may not realize that they have a growth until a doctor examines the sinuses or the skull due to other health concerns the person has. The size and location of the osteoma may contribute to its potential symptoms. For example, smaller growths are less likely to cause symptoms.

Are Osteomas rare?

Osteoma is a benign osteogenic lesion which is composed of well differentiated mature compact and/or cancellous bone that proliferates continuously. Its prevalence is 4%. Its pathogenesis is still controversial. Solitary peripheral osteoma of craniofacial region is a rare finding.