Benign latent lesions have generally been active at some time in the past, but they show evidence of healing at the time of evaluation. Examples include adult osteochondromas and non-ossifying fibromas.
- During childhood, these lesions may have grown rapidly (osteochondromas during the adolescent growth spurt, for example), or may have substantially weakened the bone (non-ossifying fibromas can cause pathologic fractures).
- In adults, however, these lesions have well-organized, corticated margins and show no evidence of bone destruction or lesional growth.
- Latent lesions are usually incidental findings that generally do not cause symptoms.
The Other Types of Biological Potential