Author(s): Shives TC, Beabout JW, Unni KK
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Abstract Massive osteolysis is rare, peculiar, and enigmatic. The clinical, radiographic, and histologic features were reviewed in 11 cases. The patients were generally young (mean age, 20.7 years), and males outnumbered females. More than half the patients had involvement of either the femur or the ribs alone or including the vertebrae. On the basis of radiographic studies, the disease process is capable of originating either in bone or adjacent soft tissues. Histologically, the authors were unable to identify pathognomonic features. Other than excision of all involved tissue, surgical treatment was generally ineffective. Radiation therapy may be successful in eradicating the disease in selected cases.
This article was published in Clin Orthop Relat Res
and referenced in Cosmetology & Oro Facial Surgery