How Are Osteoid Osteomas Treated?
There are several treatment options available for osteoid osteomas involving bones and soft tissues. Some children may need a combination of therapies. These treatment options include:
- Medical treatment – Some osteoid osteomas may resolve on their own, but this may take several years. If your child is experiencing pain, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications may be used.
- Surgical treatment – If your child’s pain cannot be successfully treated with medications, a procedure may be needed. Possible surgical treatments include:
- CT-guided Cryoablation – This is an anesthesia-based procedure performed in the Interventional Radiology suite at Lurie Children’s. The doctors use CT-guided imaging to pinpoint the center of the tumor and insert a small needle into the tumor to freeze and kill it. These procedures take approximately 90 minutes to complete. As these procedures are minimally invasive, the incisions are closed with a bandage and pain relief typically occurs within 24 hours.
- Intralesional Curettage – This is an anesthesia-based, open surgical procedure which involves scraping the tumor off the bone. This was a commonly-performed procedure in the past; however, as ablation has become the gold standard, this is reserved for select complicated cases. If the osteoid osteoma affects the spine, your child may need additional treatment to reinforce the spine. Our physicians will work with specialists from other departments to ensure the best possible outcome for your child.
Treatment at Lurie Children's
Osteoid Osteomas are treated by our Interventional Radiology team which is made up of doctors, advanced practice providers, nurses and technologists, all sub-specialized in pediatric interventional radiology.
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