Issue N# 2 - 2012
Fronto-ethmoidal fibrous dysplasia: A case-report
Authors : Hoareau-Gruchet F, Nils M, Spinato L, Rabeyrin M, Righini CA. (Grenoble)
Ref. : Rev Laryngol Otol Rhinol. 2012;133,2:105-108.
Article published in french
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Objectives: Fibrous dysplasia is a congenital bone disease, where normal bone is replaced by a fibrous-like tissue with immature osteogenesis. The cephalic extremity is affected in one out of three cases. The aim of this study was to describe a case of fibrous dysplasia and review workup and management of this pathology. Material and methods: We reviewed relevant publications using the Medline database and presented a case of isolated paranasal sinus fibrous dysplasia to illustrate this disease. Results: The clinical onset was headache and left palpebral oedema in a twelve-year old. Imaging showed a left fronto-ethmoidal bone lesion with epidural empyema. No other radiological anomaly or phosphor-calcic disorder was present. The clinical course was positive using intravenous antibiotics, with a two-year follow-up. Discussion: Fibrous dysplasia is diagnosed using CT-scan, without the need for histologic confirmation in most cases. Initial workup includes axial skeleton X-rays and hormonal dosages. The efficiency of biphosphonates drugs has significally reduced the number of surgical procedures. Conclusions: Fibrous dysplasia is often a multifocal disease and should be treated medically first. Management requires a multi-disciplinary team.
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