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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28-31

Advanced polyostotic fibrous dysplasia

1 Department of Biochemistry, Abdul Malek Ukil Medical College, Noakhali, Bangladesh
2 Department of Emergency and Casualty, Cumilla General Hospital, Cumilla, Bangladesh
3 Department of Endocrinology, Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
4 Department of Medicine, Sir Salimmullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
5 Department of Rheumatology, Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Date of Submission23-Apr-2022
Date of Decision27-Apr-2022
Date of Acceptance27-Apr-2022
Date of Web Publication27-Jun-2022

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Dr. A B M Kamrul-Hasan
Department of Endocrinology, Mymensingh Medical College, Mymensingh 2206
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DOI: 10.4103/bjem.bjem_1_22

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Polyostotic fibrous dysplasia is a disorder that features the replacement of multiple areas of bone with fibrous tissue, which may cause fractures and deformity. It begins in childhood and progresses onward, affecting both sexes equally. A 23-year-old male presented with recurrent fractures of all long bones and multiple vertebrae with low trauma. X-ray showed extensive multilocular cystic lesions with ground-glass diffuse refractions throughout all long bones, multiple fracture lines and dislocation of joints, scoliosis, and compression of multiple vertebrae. Severe cortical thinning is also seen in all bones. He was managed with bisphosphonate, and significant improvement was observed.

Keywords: Alphabet soup, fibrous dysplasia, ground glass, polyostotic, rind sign

How to cite this article:
Iftekhar MH, Khan MR, Biswas H, Azad U, Moshwan MM, Chanda PK, Kamrul-Hasan A B. Advanced polyostotic fibrous dysplasia. Bangladesh J Endocrinol Metab 2022;1:28-31

How to cite this URL:
Iftekhar MH, Khan MR, Biswas H, Azad U, Moshwan MM, Chanda PK, Kamrul-Hasan A B. Advanced polyostotic fibrous dysplasia. Bangladesh J Endocrinol Metab [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Jun 7];1:28-31. Available from: https://www.bjem.org/text.asp?2022/1/1/28/348387

  Introduction Top

Fibrous dysplasia (FD), a congenital disorder, arises from sporadic mutation of the α-subunit of the Gs-stimulatory protein. Osseous changes are characterized by the replacement and distortion of normal bone with poorly organized, structurally unsound, and fibrous tissue.[1] The clinical spectrum of this condition is broad, depending on the distribution of genetic mosaicism. Skeletal lesions with abnormal bone structure may present only in one bone (monostotic FD; in 70%–85% of patients) or in multiple sites (polyostotic FD; 15%–30%) and can lead to deformities, fractures, functional impairment, and pain.[2] Here, we report a 23-year-old male with characteristic deformities of polyostotic FD.

  Case Report Top

A 23-year-old male, unemployed, normotensive, nondiabetic, second sibling of nonconsanguineous parents, born at term by normal vaginal delivery at home with average birth weight and mild bowing of lower limbs, presented with unable to walk due to recurrent fractures of all limbs, back, and chest wall bones even with mild trauma along with the arrest of growth since his 3 years of age. He attained puberty at a normal age. He had no history of neonatal convulsion, head trauma, or irradiation. His parents and siblings are apparently normal in growth and development. The height was 97 cm (far below the third centile) on general examination. Musculoskeletal system examination revealed short limbs with gross deformity of the entire skeleton, lumber kyphoscoliosis, and dislocation of different joints of the appendicular skeleton. Bony tenderness was present. Tanner stage was G4 and P4 with a testicular volume of 25 ml bilaterally. Other systems appeared normal. His laboratory investigation reports are summerized in [Table 1]. His clinical appearence is depicted in [Figure 1] and X-ray findings are given in [Figure 2], [Figure 3], and [Figure 4].
Table 1: Summary of laboratory investigations of the patient

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Figure 1: The patient (photograph shared with permission of the patient)

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Figure 2: X-ray of the left upper limb

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Figure 3: X-ray of the right lower limb

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Figure 4: X-ray of the spine anteroposterior view

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We treated our patient with injectable zoledronic acid (5 mg/100 mL) 0.05 mg/kg IV 4 monthly with calcium and Vitamin D supplementation daily. Limb braces were applied to support limbs. After 8 months, he improved clinically with a reduction of pain and improvement in mobility.

  Discussion Top

FD is a noninherited bone disease characterized by abnormal differentiation of osteoblasts leading to the replacement of cancellous bone and bone marrow by immature bone and fibrous stroma. FD arises sporadically, and there are no confirmed cases of vertical transmission. The true incidence of FD is unclear. However, it has been reported that FD represents approximately 5%–7% of benign bone tumors.[3],[4],[5] Morphological changes in FD are related to postzygotic mutations of the α-subunit of the Gs stimulatory protein (GNAS mutations), leading to activation and inappropriate cyclic adenosine monophosphate overproduction. Osteoblasts with this mutation have an increase in proliferation and faulty differentiation leading to the fibrotic bone matrix.[3],[4] The monostotic form never progresses to polyostotic FD, and spontaneous resolution of FD does not occur. FD, when polyostotic, may be associated with McCune–Albright syndrome and Mazabraud's syndrome.[6],[7]

Histopathological features of FD are composed of fibrous tissue interspersed between bone trabeculae. Trabeculae are dysplastic and disorganized. Hematoxylin-eosin stained sections show irregular, discontinuous trabeculae within a fibrous stroma, demonstrating the typical “alphabet soup” pattern.[8]

Typical radiological features of FD lesion appear as an area of radiolucent ground glass matrix, which is usually smooth and homogeneous, not centrally located within medullary bone.[9] Delicate fine trabeculae can be seen within FD lesions. The lesions usually cause cortical thinning due to enlarged fibro-osseous masses within the bone. The periosteal reaction is not usually present unless associated with a pathological fracture. The lesion may undergo expansile remodeling secondary to the enlarging mass of fibro-osseous tissue. A thick layer of sclerotic bone is known as a “rind sign.” CT scans may identify soft-tissue masses and bone destruction and suggest malignant transformation. Lesions usually are enhanced after intravenous contrast administration.[10] Magnetic resonance imaging may be used to define the full extent of the lesion accurately.

Both monostotic and polyostotic lesions affecting long bones such as the tibia, the femur, or the humerus occur in the diaphyses or in the metaphyses.[11] However, epiphyseal involvement occurs in an advanced stage after puberty.[12] In the present case, all the long bones with epiphyseal involvements had diaphyseal or epiphyseal lesions concerning the advancement of FD. Extraskeletal involvement is rare and includes ovarian cyst, thyroid pathology, pituitary adenoma, testicular mass, pancreatic IPMNs, breast carcinoma, soft-tissue myxoma, cushing syndrome, and phosphate wasting.[13]

Treatment of FD for asymptomatic and stable lesions includes monitoring the patient. Surgery is only done for diagnostic biopsy or to correct deformity, nonsurgical treatment failure, prevention of pathological fractures, and eradication of symptomatic patients. In polyostotic form, bisphosphonate therapy may be used for the management, and it leads to an increase in bone density and reduces pain.[4],[14]

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  References Top

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