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Learning More About Fibrous Dysplasia In Children

Health & Medical Blog

Fibrous dysplasia is a bone condition that usually occurs in children. While this condition is not common, it can be devastating for the child that does experience it. If your child complains of leg pain, is awakened by it during the night and you notice he or she sometimes limps, learning more about fibrous dysplasia is a good idea.

What Is Fibrous Dysplasia?

Fibrous dysplasia describes a genetic disorder that happens when fibrous tissue forms where bone is supposed to be. In most kids, especially those over the age of ten, one bone is generally affected. Children under the age of ten usually experience fibrous dysplasia in more than one bone. While the skull and long bones in the arm can be affected, the most common bones impacted are the long bones in the leg, the femur or the tibia. Fibrous dysplasia begins during fetal development, so it is not a hereditary condition that can be passed on through family generations.

How Is Fibrous Dysplasia Diagnosed?

Your child's pediatrician may refer him or her to a pediatric orthopedic surgeon if fibrous dysplasia is suspected to be the cause of leg pain. An orthopedic surgeon may order a CT scan, may perform specific blood tests and may also take x-rays for determining the presence of fibrous tissue that could be causing a bone to abnormally expand. Bear in mind that while there is no cure for fibrous dysplasia, the condition can be successfully managed, even more so if it is caught early. The exact cause of fibrous dysplasia is not known.

What Are The Treatment Options For Fibrous Dysplasia?

Some patients suffering with fibrous dysplasia can undergo surgical treatment that will help alleviate painful symptoms, and in some cases, prevent bone deformities. The follow surgical options have been successful in the management of fibrous dysplasia:

  • Bone grafting: Bone grafting involves the removal of healthy bone in one part of the body for replacing the fibrous tissue interrupting the growth of bone tissue impacted by fibrous dysplasia. The area of bone affected by the growth of fibrous tissue is removed prior to grafting.

  • Rod placement: In some cases, metal rods, also called intramedullary nails, are placed into the bone shaft for providing increased strength and support.

Other treatment options may include pain medication and physical therapy.

Ensuring that your child gets the best treatment possible for any medical condition is a huge parental responsibility. If your child complains of leg pain, making sure it is not caused by fibrous dysplasia is vital to his or her future good health. Always make sure you maintain a regular schedule for well checks so your child's doctor has a better chance of catching medical issues in time for providing the greatest level of treatment.


18 February 2016