Osteoid OsteomaOsteoid means a type of tissue that eventually turns to bone. Osteoma means a type of tumor unique to bones. They are small typical size is less than one inch across. These growths represent around ten percent of all benign bone tumors, with one percent representing spinal tumors. They can appear and also affect the bones of the arms, hands, fingers, ankles, or feet. They are discovered on the spine around fifteen percent of the time. Osteoid osteomas of the spine affect the posterior, or back area of the vertebrae rather than the anterior, or front region. However, any area of the spine could be affected. But they are most common in the low back.
- 60% affect the lumbar spine lower back
- 27% affect the cervical spine or neck region
- 12% affects the thoracic spine or middle back