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Gorham's vanishing bone disease

"massive osteolysis of Gorham"

  • painless
  • occurs in kids + young adults
  • not life-threatening unless vital structures are encroached upon
  • some recover spontaneously, +/- residual deformity

  • complete destruction of part or all of bone by angiomatous tissue
    • usually unifocal
    • affects proximal skeleton
    • may spread into soft tissues + adjacent bones

    Cf: other syndromes of spontaneous osteolysis

Charles E. Kahn, Jr., MD  -  2 February 1995
Last updated:  1 October 2013


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Copyright © 2013, Charles E. Kahn, Jr.