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Alternative Names Return to topInflammatory fibrous hyperplasia; Idiopathic fibrous hyperplasia
Definition Return to top
Fibrous dysplasia is a bone disease that destroys and replaces normal bone with fibrous bone tissue. One or more bones can be affected.
Causes Return to top
Fibrous dysplasia occurs in childhood, usually between ages 3-15. The condition does not run in families (not hereditary), and the cause is unknown.
Symptoms Return to top
The bone lesions may stop when the child reaches puberty.
Exams and Tests Return to top
The doctor will perform a physical examination. X-rays of bones are taken.
Treatment Return to top
There is no cure for fibrous dysplasia. Bone fractures or deformities are treated as appropriate. The patient is screened for endocrine disorders as needed.
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
The outlook depends on the severity of the condition and the symptoms that occur.
Possible Complications Return to top
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of this condition, such as repeated bone fractures and unexplained bone deformity.
Specialists in orthopedics, endocrinology, and genetics may be involved in your diagnosis and care.
Prevention Return to top
There is no known way to prevent fibrous dysplasia. Treatment aims to prevent complications, such as recurrent bone fractures, to help make the condition less severe.Update Date: 10/25/2007 Updated by: Chad Haldeman-Englert, M.D., Division of Human Genetics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.