Ortho question - help please!!

  1. I've been nursing for 15 years, but have forgotten most of what I ever learned about orthopaedics. Anyway, my son broke his finger yesterday, and it turns out to be a pathological #, because he has a probable "bony cyst" in his finger. Now they're talking about surgery, bone grafts, bone scans, etc. My question is: should I be worried that this may be something more sinister than what they think it is, or am I just being a paranoid, neurotic mother. Any advice from those more experienced in these matters would be gratefully appreciated.
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  3. by   P_RN
    http://brighamrad.harvard.edu/Cases/.../163/full.html

    Look at this site. Did the doctor say what kind of cyst it is? Looks like 40% of these are in the hands.

    Paranoid and neurotic NEVER...just being a MOTHER! Good luck.
  4. by   OzNurse69
    Oh my god, that is almost identical to his x-ray!! Thanks, P_RN - I especially like the bit where it says malignancies in the short bones of the hand are rare. I had visions of osteosarcoma, etc. Now I can sleep again! Still means surgery, but thanks for your reassurance.
  5. by   P_RN
    What's the phrase....No Worries?

    Happy to help, give him a hug from "Auntie P."

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