Buschke-Ollendorff syndrome in a grande multipara: a case report and short review of the literature

Clin Rheumatol. 1998;17(2):172-5. doi: 10.1007/BF01452270.


A 36-year-old short-statured grande multipara (gravida 10, para 8) with diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidaemia was incidentally found to have Buschke-Ollendorff syndrome (osteopoikilosis and dermatofibrosis lenticularis disseminata). The pelvis and hips, followed by the knees, were the sites mainly affected by the osteopoikilosis. The lumbosacral spine was also affected. She had a single connective tissue naevus on the right thigh. Apart from two abortions, the repeated pregnancies were uneventful and all her deliveries were normal at full-term or nearly full-term. With regard to the relationship between Buschke-Ollendorff syndrome and multiparity, it was apparent that multiparity did not affect the involved weight bearing bony structures, nor did the disseminated osteopoikilosis interfere with the endurance of multiple pregnancies. Buschke-Ollendorff syndrome is known generally to have a benign course, a feature that is illustrated in this case, even when associated with the stresses of multiparity. The report also provides a short and updated review of various clinical aspects of the syndrome and its associations, some of which are of a serious nature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperlipidemias / complications
  • Osteopoikilosis / complications
  • Osteopoikilosis / diagnosis*
  • Osteopoikilosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Parity
  • Radiography
  • Skin Diseases / complications
  • Skin Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Skin Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Syndrome