Chondromas are benign (not cancerous) tumors made of cartilage that are found mostly in the small bones of the hand and feet.
- They can also occur in the humerus (upper arm), femur (thigh bone) and ribs.
- These tumors rarely produce symptoms, but can cause the affected bone to easily fracture.
- They don't spread and usually stop growing when your child's bones reach full growth potential.
They are classified as one of two types depending on where on the bone they are located:
- Echondromas: This kind of chondroma is found in the marrow cavity of the bone
- Periosteal Chondromas: This kind of chondroma forms at the surface of the bone
Support for your family
We understand that you may have a lot of questions when your child is diagnosed with a chondroma. Is it cancer? Will it spread? What do we do next? We've tried to provide some answers to those questions in the following pages, and our experts can explain your child's condition fully. If you have further questions during your hospital stay, Boston Children's Hospital can put you in touch with other families who have experienced this condition.