What is the long-term outlook for a patient with an aneurysmal bone cyst?
Patients may become frustrated, because this benign cyst can recur after curettage. It may require two or three operations to eventually cure the cyst, but ultimately, this is a benign tumor and it does not spread, so a cure is obtained in almost all cases eventually. Resection of the tumor almost always ensures cure, but curettage is frequently attempted first to avoid the consequences of removing a part of an otherwise normal bone. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis. Continuous follow-up care is essential for a child diagnosed with an aneurysmal bone cyst.