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What is Melorheostosis?

What is Melorheostosis?

  • Melorheostosis: A rare bone disorder involving overgrowth of the outer layer of bone in a linear pattern similar to wax dripping down the side of a candle. Usually one or more bones of a limb are affected.
  • Melorheostosis: A form of osteosclerosis or hyperostosis extending in a linear track through one of the long bones of an extremity, and consisting of proliferated ivory-like new bone. "Melo-" is from the Greek, limb and "-rheostosis" refers to streaks (rheo- from the Greek, flow), in the bones. (Dorland, 27th ed)
    Source - Diseases Database

Melorheostosis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Melorheostosis, or a subtype of Melorheostosis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Melorheostosis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Melorheostosis: Introduction

Types of Melorheostosis:

Broader types of Melorheostosis:

How serious is Melorheostosis?

Complications of Melorheostosis: see complications of Melorheostosis

What causes Melorheostosis?

Causes of Melorheostosis: see causes of Melorheostosis

What are the symptoms of Melorheostosis?

Symptoms of Melorheostosis: see symptoms of Melorheostosis

Complications of Melorheostosis: see complications of Melorheostosis

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Melorheostosis: Orthopedic surgeon ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Melorheostosis.
Treatments for Melorheostosis: see treatments for Melorheostosis

Name and Aliases of Melorheostosis

Main name of condition: Melorheostosis

Other names or spellings for Melorheostosis:

Melorheostosis of Leri

Candle bones disease, Candle wax disease Source - Diseases Database

Melorheostosis of Leri
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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