Gorham Disease Limited to the Left Upper Extremity Without Hand Involvement

J Hand Surg Am. 2021 Feb;46(2):154.e1-154.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2020.03.015. Epub 2020 May 15.


In this case report, we present a young female patient with a history of Gorham disease, who sustained pathologic fractures of the left radius and ulna after a low-impact fall. Massive osteolysis of the left forearm and wrist was noted on plain radiographs. The patient had had 8 previous left upper-extremity fractures without evidence of disease in any other area of the body.

Keywords: Gorham disease; idiopathic osteolysis; massive osteolysis; pathologic fracture; vanishing bone disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Hand
  • Humans
  • Osteolysis, Essential* / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiography
  • Ulna / diagnostic imaging
  • Wrist Joint