Chondroblastoma | Symptoms & Causes

What causes chondroblastoma?

The cause of this type of tumor is unknown.

What are the symptoms of chondroblastoma?

While symptoms may vary from child-to-child, the most common include:

  • ongoing pain, usually severe, in the affected area
  • swelling
  • joint stiffness
  • decreased range of motion
  • limping

The symptoms of chondroblastoma may resemble those of other medical problems. So, it’s important that your child be evaluated by a doctor to obtain an accurate diagnosis.

A bone tumor should be treated quickly and correctly—the sooner a chondroblastoma is diagnosed and treated, the better the chances for a successful removal of the tumor. Consult your pediatrician immediately if your child has:

  • ongoing pain, usually severe, in the affected area
  • swelling
  • joint stiffness
  • decreased range of motion
  • limping

Although complications after surgery for chondroblastomas are relatively uncommon, they can occur and can include:

  • post-surgery complications, including infection, and damage to blood vessels or nerves
  • early arthritis
  • premature growth plate closure (for children with open growth plates)