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Melorheostosis – Case Report of Rare Disease


Melorheostosis – Case Report of Rare Disease


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Review of Literature of this Rare Disease.

Case Report |  Volume 4 | Issue 2 | JOCR April-June 2014 | Page 25-27 | Kumar R, SS Sankhala, Bijarnia I. DOI: 10.13107/jocr.2250-0685.162

Authors: Kumar R[1], SS Sankhala[1], Bijarnia I[2]

[1] Orthopedics Department, SMS Medical College & Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan. India.
[2] Anesthetic Department, SMS Medical College & Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan. India.

Address of Correspondence:

Dr. Rakesh Kumar, 10 Prem Nagar, Purani Chungi, Ajmer Road, Jaipur 302019, Rajasthan. India. Mob. No. 09828419762. Email-


Introduction: Melorheostosis(synonyms: candle bone disease, melting wax syndrome, Leri disease) is a rare chronic bone disorder, first described in 1922 by Leri and Joanny. Men and women are equally affected, and no hereditary features have been discovered. Onset is insidious, and most common symptom is pain. Most common part of bone is diaphysis of the long bone of lower limb rarely the axial skeleton. Classical radiological appearance of ‘flowing hyperosteosis’ resembling hardened wax that has dripped down the side of a candle.

Case Report: A 35 years old woman presented with left leg pain with mild swelling and limitation of knee movement. On examination non tender bony heard swelling,hyperpigmented and restriction of knee movement present. Plain radiographs showed extensive, dense, undulating or irregular cortical hyperostosis, resembling candle wax, extending along the length of bone. Pamidronate as well asanalgesic  were given to the patient. Physiotherepy started for the deformity.

Conclusion: Routine laboratory findings usually are normal. The exact cause  remain unclear. There is no definite treatment available for this disease. Only symptomatic treatment improve the condition of the patients, more  fruitful result obtain  with pamidronate and physiotherapy.

Keywords: Melorheostosis, rare , benign , insidious, candle wax.

How to Cite This Article: Kumar R, SS Sankhala, Bijarnia I. Melorheostosis – Case Report of Rare Disease. Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports 2014 April-June;4(2): 25-27. Available from:



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