Osteosarcoma: Accurately Diagnosing this Bone-Chilling Disease

Chelsea Hiller, Jennifer L. Wegler, Christopher Forest

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Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone malignancy in children and adolescents. Because the incidence of osteosarcoma is low and the disease occurs in physically active patients, it may be misdiagnosed as a more benign condition, thus leading to late diagnosis. This article describes the disease's most frequent presenting complaints and initial radiographic findings, as well as its risk factors and common misdiagnoses. Clinicians should consider osteosarcoma in young patients with persistent bone pain, especially pain with weight-bearing.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
StatePublished - Dec 2016


  • osteosarcoma
  • sunburst
  • bone tumor
  • pediatric
  • limp
  • chemotherapy


  • Medicine and Health Sciences

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