What is a non-ossifying fibroma?
A non-ossifying fibroma is a benign (non-cancerous), non-aggressive tumor that consists mainly of fibrous tissue. It usually occurs in the thighbone or shinbone but may also occur in the upper extremities.
- A non-ossifying fibroma usually produces no symptoms.
- It usually resolves by itself.
- It never spreads.
- Its cause is unknown.
- It's often discovered by chance on an x-ray.
- Surgery is only necessary of it causes a fracture or weakens the bone.
What is the long-term outlook for a child with a non-ossifying fibroma?
Prognosis for a non-ossifying fibroma is generally good. Most of these fibromas heal spontaneously by the time the skeleton ceases to grow. Surgery is an option for those that weaken the bone. A schedule of follow-up care should be determined by your child’s physician.