Chondroblastoma Clinical Presentation

Updated: Sep 25, 2020
  • Author: Timothy A Damron, MD; Chief Editor: Omohodion (Odion) Binitie, MD  more...
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Pain is the most common presenting symptom of a chondroblastoma. It typically is mild and gradually progressive and initially may be attributed to a minor injury. If the lesion is juxta-articular, the patient may complain of joint swelling or diminished range of motion. Usually, constitutional symptoms are lacking. In their series of 70 patients, Turcotte et al found the average duration of symptoms in patients with chondroblastoma to be 20 months. [15]


Physical Examination

The physical examination is remarkable for localized tenderness in most patients. Soft-tissue swelling, mass, or joint effusion is present in about 20% of cases. Muscular atrophy or decreased joint motion is less common.