Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you have mild fibrous dysplasia that's discovered incidentally and you have no signs or symptoms, your risk of developing deformity or fracturing your bone is low. Your doctor can monitor your condition with periodic X-rays.

Medications

Osteoporosis medications, particularly pamidronate (Aredia), may help strengthen bones affected by fibrous dysplasia. This can relieve pain and help reduce the risk of fractures.

Surgery

Your doctor may recommend surgery in order to:

  • Correct a deformity
  • Correct a difference in limb lengths
  • Fix a fracture
  • Remove an affected area of bone (lesion) that's causing you difficulty
  • Relieve pressure on a nerve, particularly if the lesion is in your skull or face

Surgery may involve removing the bone lesion and replacing it with bone grafted from another part of your body or from bone tissue donated from a deceased donor. Your surgeon may insert metal plates, rods or screws to stabilize the bone and the graft. Risks include infection, blood clots and bleeding. In addition, a bone graft may not last.

Jul. 08, 2014

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