Testing & Diagnosis for Aneurysmal Bone Cyst in Children

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The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis. 

How does my child’s doctor know if it's an aneurysmal bone cyst?
Your child’s physician might order a number of different tests to determine the exact type of cyst, its size and location. These tests may include:

   •    a physical exam - including checking the area where the cyst is located
   •    X-rays to determine the size of the cyst and whether there is a risk of fracture
   •    magnetic resonance imaging (MR or MRI), which produces detailed images of the bone where the cyst is
        located. This imaging scan is used to determine the internal characteristics of the cyst and the specific type of cyst.
   •    computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan), which is used in some cases to get a clearer picture of the
        bone lesion
   •    a biopsy or tissue sample, collected from the cyst through a needle to provide definitive information about the
        type of cyst 

After we complete all necessary tests, our experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned about your child's condition. Then we will meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options.

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