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Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • How often are your knee symptoms interfering with your daily activities?
  • How would you rate the strength and mobility of your knee?
  • Are you having any pain with movement or activity?
  • Have you had knee X-rays?
  • Have you had a chest X-ray?
  • Are you having knee pain or other symptoms, such as an unusual mass or swollen area?
  • Did your knee pain start gradually or was it sudden after an injury?
  • Has your knee pain been getting worse with time?
  • Does your knee pain increase with activity and decrease with rest?
  • Do you have limited movement in your knee or feel it locking or catching?
  • Do you have a history of other conditions, including parathyroid disease or arthritis?
  • Do giant cell tumors always require treatment?
  • What happens if I do not treat my giant cell tumor?
  • What treatment options do I have other than surgery?
  • How often do giant cell tumors recur?
  • What options do I have if the giant cell tumor comes back?
  • How often do I need to see you for follow-up appointments?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by a more common problem, such as an injury or other joint condition?
  • Are giant cell tumors cancerous?
  • How aggressive are giant cell tumors?
  • What causes giant cell tumors and are my family members at risk?
  • How do you diagnose giant cell tumors?
  • What treatments are available for giant cell tumors?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2021 Sep 20
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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  2. Giant Cell Tumor. Johns Hopkins University. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/giant-cell-tumor
  3. Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor. National Organization for Rare Diseases. https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/tenosynovial-giant-cell-tumor/