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
- 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.