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Fibrous Dysplasia Overview

What is fibrous dysplasia?
A child with fibrous dysplasia has abnormal bone growth that results in weakened bones. The weak bones are prone to fracture. Fibrous dysplasia occurs in children who are between 3 and 15 years old. Fibrous dysplasia usually affects only one bone, rather than the entire skeleton. The cause of fibrous dysplasia is attributed to a gene mutation that results in the formation of abnormal bone.

What are the symptoms of fibrous dysplasia?
Symptoms of fibrous dysplasia include bone pain, bone fractures, deformed bones, darkened skin, and difficulty walking.

How does the doctor treat fibrous dysplasia?
There is no cure for fibrous dysplasia. Treatment for fibrous dysplasia may include vitamin D supplements, calcitonin, bone grafts, and bisphosphonates.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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