What is an incidental finding?

An incidental finding is one where a tumor is found on imaging, including X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans, for other unrelated reasons, such as a sports injury. There are no signs or symptoms associated with the tumor. The cause of the pain is from some other mechanical condition or injury. These tumors are usually indolent and are observed. They usually do not need surgery. Rarely, a malignant tumor is discovered.