Ask Dr.Nomteto: Bone growing

By Drum Digital
17 June 2016

I’m a 25-year-old lady and two years back I felt a small bone growing on the top of the joint of my middle finger.

Question

I’m a 25-year-old lady and two years back I felt a small bone growing on the top of the joint of my middle finger.

It’s growing bigger with time. I don’t know what causes or why it keeps growing.

Please advise me.

Answer

What you are describing is medically called an exostosis or bone spur - the formation of a new bone on the surface of a bone, cartilage or joint.

Causes range from osteoarthritis to tumors, which may be benign or malignant.

It is important to get a thorough clinical exam to identify the position and remove it surgically if it starts limiting your normal function or if you experience excruciating pain.

This is one of those conditions where you cannot “wait and see”. The fact that it’s grown bigger in a space of two years is enough evidence that it is serious and to see a doctor who will be radical in its management.

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