What is Adamantinoma?

In this blog, we’ll be providing an overview of a cancerous bone tumor we treat at Baylor Scott & White Greater Dallas Orthopaedics called adamantinoma. This cancerous bone tumor is extremely rare, and is commonly found in adolescents and young adults whose bones have fully developed. It accounts for fewer than 1% of all cancerous tumors that begin in the bone.

Adamantinoma is a serious condition that requires surgery but it is possible to make a full recovery.


Adamantinoma is a cancerous bone tumor that has the ability to spread, making surgery a requirement for treatment. This slow-growing tumor is commonly found in the tibia (shin) or fibula (the smaller bone in the calf). Adamantinoma can also be found in the bones of the arm, pelvis, foot, and spine. In many cases, the cancerous bone tumor can affect the muscles and other soft tissues surrounding the tumor site. 


What are the Causes of Adamantinoma?

Scientists are always working to understand how cancer forms, but it can be hard to verify. There has been no proven connection between the development of these bone tumors and exposure to chemicals, radiation, or any particular activities. 

Who is Most Affected by Adamantinoma?

Adamantinoma is rarely diagnosed, it accounts for fewer than 1% of all cancerous tumors that begin in the bone. It is more commonly found in young adult males than females. Adamantinoma rarely affects children.

What are the Symptoms of Adamantinoma?

The symptoms of adamantinoma tend to vary among individuals. The most common include:

How is Adamantinoma Treated?

Surgery is required for adamantinoma treatment. By fully removing the tumor and cancer cells, there is a good chance of being cured. Adamantinoma does not respond to other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation. 

We hope this overview of adamantinoma was insightful and enlightening. The team at Baylor Scott & White Greater Dallas Orthopaedics places a high value on informing our audience and improving the medical literacy of all we impact. 

As always, the content of a blog post is no substitute for a legitimate medical diagnosis. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from a bone or soft tissue tumor, prioritize an appointment with a qualified medical professional at your earliest availability.