Surgical treatment of melorheostosis: report of two cases

Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2012 May;28(5):285-8. doi: 10.1016/j.kjms.2011.11.009. Epub 2012 Feb 25.


Melorheostosis is a rare disease that usually burdens the patient with painful disability or soft tissue compromise. The treatment is usually symptomatic and conservative. Patients with severe and complicated forms of the disease may require surgery. Involvement of the distal part of a limb usually carries more morbidity, such as tumefaction pain, cosmetic and psychosocial or functional problems that render conservative treatment unsatisfactory to patients. In our series, surgical debulking or decompression of the mass effect provided prompt symptom relief.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Decompression, Surgical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Melorheostosis / complications
  • Melorheostosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Melorheostosis / surgery*
  • Pain / complications
  • Pain / diagnostic imaging
  • Pain / surgery*
  • Radiography
  • Rare Diseases / complications
  • Rare Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Rare Diseases / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome