Gorham's disease of the radius: radiographic, scintigraphic, and MRI findings with pathologic correlation. A case report and review of the literature

Skeletal Radiol. 1997 Nov;26(11):659-63. doi: 10.1007/s002560050306.


A rare case of Gorham's disease affecting the radius in a 46-year-old woman is presented. It was studied by plain radiography, MRI, and scintigraphy, including three-phase radionuclide bone scan and thallium scan. Three-phase bone scan demonstrated slightly decreased activity in the affected portion of the forearm in the early phase, but showed increased activity on the blood pool and delayed imaging. A thallium scan revealed no abnormalities. Histopathologic examination revealed osteoclastic activity and scar tissue with minimal remaining vasculature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteolysis, Essential / diagnosis*
  • Osteolysis, Essential / diagnostic imaging
  • Osteolysis, Essential / pathology
  • Radiography
  • Radionuclide Imaging
  • Radius / diagnostic imaging
  • Radius / pathology*
  • Technetium Tc 99m Medronate
  • Thallium Radioisotopes


  • Thallium Radioisotopes
  • technetium Tc 99m (Sn)methylenediphosphonate
  • Technetium Tc 99m Medronate