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What is osteoma?

An osteoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor of the bone. Most osteomas occur on the skull or jaw, do not cause pain or other symptoms and need no treatment, unless they interfere with the normal functioning of the eye, sinus or other body part. Osteomas occur most commonly in people over age 40. Osteomas make up just 2% of primary brain tumors.

An osteoid osteoma is a small, benign bone tumor that usually affects people under age 30. It is often found in the hips or legs, but may occur in the spine. Boys are twice as likely to develop osteoid osteomas as girls. Although they are not cancerous, and they usually resolve on their own, osteoid osteomas can be very painful. Doctors may prescribe medication to relieve the pain. In some cases surgery may also be recommended.

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