Imaging Characteristics of Cherubism

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2004 Apr;182(4):1051-4. doi: 10.2214/ajr.182.4.1821051.


Objective: We sought to describe the radiographic and imaging features of cherubism.

Conclusion: Cherubism is a rare osseous disorder of children and adolescents. Although the radiologic characteristics of cherubism are not pathognomonic, the diagnosis is strongly suggested by bilateral relatively symmetric jaw involvement that is limited to the maxilla and mandible. Imaging typically shows expansile remodeling of the involved bones, thinning of the cortexes, and multilocular radiolucencies with a coarse trabecular pattern.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cherubism / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cherubism / pathology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Face / diagnostic imaging*
  • Face / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Jaw / diagnostic imaging*
  • Jaw / pathology*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed