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Melorheostosis is a rare, often asymptomatic disease; however, it warrants consideration and a clear differentiation from more deleterious abnormalities in patients presenting with chronic limb pain. Melorheostosis is characterized by classic signs on radiographs and CT such as the “dripping candle wax”. The clinician can avoid unnecessary investigations and biopsy if asymptomatic, while management depends on various particular clinical presentations or complications.






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Melorheostosis of The Leg: A Case Report

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Abstract
Melorheostosis is a benign hyperostotic disease of the peripheral skeleton, rarely involving the axial skeleton. This disease is associated with ossified and non-ossified soft tissue masses surrounding the joints. We report the case of a 28-year-old male who presented to an orthopedic clinic with a chronic history of right leg pain. Radiological evaluation using X-ray, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging showed features consistent with that of melorheostosis. Recognition of this entity by clinicians can avoid unnecessary investigations and biopsy.






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