OT found something on CT Scan/osteoblastoma

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by maripat, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. maripat

    maripat New Member

    I just returned from a visit to the hospital. I am having a lot of trouble with colitis and diverticulits. So they did a CT Scan.
    So setting aside all my reguler worries and wooes.
    An Osteoblastoma showed up on my pelvic area (same side as my bowel surgeries is on.
    I am now scheduled for an MRI next week.
    So, now here I sit totally confused.
    Does anybody know what a "osteoblastoma lesion" is all about.
    thanks for listening
    maripat
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  2. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    but let's bump this back up to see if someone does. It sounds awful! You might try Googling it and see what comes up...

    Sue
  3. 143alan

    143alan New Member

    I'm sure you probably looked this up by now but I thought I'd copy and paste what I found on osteoblastoma.

    Know that I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers for a full and speedy recovery. Sounds like these are typically benign and we'll praise God that yours is too, OK.

    This seems to be more for children but is the same condition.
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    What is osteoblastoma?

    Osteoblastoma is a benign, bone-forming tumor that is extremely rare, accounting for only 1 percent of all primary bone tumors. Unlike most primary bone tumors, which favor the extremities, osteoblastoma occurs most often in the lower vertebrae of the spine or long bones of the lower extremity. It can, however, also occur in any of the bones of the arms, legs, hands and feet. Most of the time, osteoblastoma is not aggressive, but it can produce painful symptoms. One form of this tumor is considered aggressive because it is very likely to recur after incomplete surgical removal. No reported osteoblastoma has transformed into a malignant condition. The aggressive form does not metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body.

    What causes osteoblastoma and who does it affect?

    The exact cause of osteoblastoma is unknown. It typically occurs in the second decade of life, but patients range in age from about 5 years to 45 years. It affects males more than females at a ratio of 3:1.

    What are the symptoms of osteoblastoma?

    The following are the most common symptoms of osteoblastoma. Keep in mind that each individual may experience symptoms differently:
    Pain, usually increasing in severity with time
    Swelling
    Atrophy of affected area
    When osteoblastoma occurs in the spine:
    Painful scoliosis
    Muscle spasms
    Limited range of motion
    The symptoms of osteoblastoma may resemble other medical conditions. Always consult a physician for a diagnosis.

    How is osteoblastoma diagnosed?

    In addition to taking a complete medical history and performing a full physical examination, your child's doctor may use some combination of the following tests to diagnose osteoblastoma:
    X-rays - a diagnostic test that uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.
    Computerized Tomography scan (also called CT or CAT scan) - a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) both horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat and organs. This test is particularly useful in identifying tumors in areas that are difficult to image on a plain X-ray, especially the spine.
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
    Bone scan - a nuclear imaging method to evaluate any degenerative and/or arthritic changes in the joints; to detect bone diseases and tumors; to determine the cause of bone pain or inflammation.
    Complete blood count (CBC) - a measurement of size, number and maturity of different blood cells in a specific volume of blood.


    Treatment

    Specific treatment for osteoblastoma will be determined by your child's physician based on:
    your child's age, overall health, and medical history
    extent of the disease
    location of the tumor
    your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
    how your child's physician expects the disease may progress
    your opinion or preference
    Treatment for osteoblastoma usually involves an operation to remove the tumor performed by an orthopaedic surgeon. In some cases, if the tumor cannot be completely removed, adjuvant therapies described below may be used. The following surgical procedures are among those used to treat osteoblastoma:
    En bloc resection: If more aggressive resection of the tumor is warranted, the operation will likely involve en bloc resection, which is the surgical removal of bone containing the tumor. Internal fixation, with pins, may be required to restore the structural integrity of the bone.
    Curettage/Bone Grafting: Curettage describes a surgical scraping of the cyst with a special instrument called a curette that has a scoop, loop or ring at its tip. This procedure may be opted for if the tumor cannot be removed by excision. Sometimes, the remaining cavity is then packed with donor bone tissue (allograft), bone chips taken from another bone (autograft), or other materials depending on the preference of the surgeon.
    Biopsy: During the operation, doctors will take a tissue sample of the tumor so the diagnosis can be confirmed under a microscope.


    What is the long-term outlook for a patient with an osteoblastoma?

    Prognosis for osteoblastoma is generally excellent, although prognosis varies from individual to individual depending on:
    how active the tumor is
    the tumor's response to therapy
    the age and overall health of your child
    your child's tolerance for specific medication, procedures or therapies.
    Most of these tumors can be successfully treated. However, recurrence can occur. Continuous follow-up care is essential for the successful treatment of an osteoblastoma. A schedule of follow-up care should be determined by your child's physician and other members of your care team to monitor ongoing response to treatment and possible late effects of treatment.

  4. kbak

    kbak Member

    Maripat,
    I wish you the best of luck with this. It's always a shock to hear you have a tumor, even if it's benign. I hope you can be treated without to many problems. Hang in there!

    kbak
  5. maripat

    maripat New Member

    Thanks so much for the valuable information.
    I really wasn't too successful looking it up on my own.
    Wish me luck, and I'll let you know what happens.
    maripat
  6. And calming thoughts. I know people in general, are scared you know what-less, of the word Blastoma- or just "oma" and definitely "tumor"

    The procedures, if necessary, also sound a bit scary, but, we'll hang on & in with ya, till we know more details (size, treatment plan, etc.)

    Glad to see they aren't malignant, but, will still pray it's small & not aggressive & can be easily fixed.

    ((((Hugs)))))

    Laura
  7. maripat

    maripat New Member

    I am feeling a little better about this whole thing. I did notice on the report that it is approx 5 - 6 mm
    thanks
    maripat
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