Chondromas

What are chondromas?

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:

  • Enchondromas: 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

Can chondromas become malignant?

Some may continue to grow and transform into a malignant condition called chondrosarcoma in adulthood. Your child's doctor will pay close attention to any tumor that grows after skeletal maturity.

How we care for chondromas

the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors Program at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center combines the expertise of Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for the comprehensive medical and surgical care of malignant bone and soft tissue tumors in children and teens.