Cite this page: Pernick N. Bone forming tumors - general. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/bonetumorgeneral.html. Accessed October 19th, 2019.
Definition / general
- Most are benign, although they often are not biopsied
- Tumors in childhood are usually benign; tumors in elderly are usually malignant
- Some tumors (giant cell tumor, well differentiated cartilaginous tumors) have borderline features
- Important to be aware of patient age, bone involved, area of bone involved (epiphysis, metaphysis, diaphysis; cortex, medulla or periosteum) and radiologic appearance before making microscopic diagnosis
- Xrays are important to define the tumor’s location and aggressiveness, and are necessary to diagnose low grade cartilaginous tumors
- Clinical symptoms are usually not helpful in making a diagnosis