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Gorham's Disease

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Disappearing Bone Disease
  • Gorham's Syndrome
  • Gorham-Stout Syndrome
  • Idiopathic Massive Osteolysis
  • Massive Gorham Osteolysis
  • Massive Osteolysis
  • Morbus Gorham-Stout Disease
  • Progressive Massive Osteolysis
  • Vanishing Bone Disease
  • Essential Osteolysis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Gorham's disease (GD) is an extremely rare bone disorder; fewer than 200 cases are reported in the medical literature. It is characterized by bone loss (osteolysis) often associated with swelling or abnormal blood vessel growth (angiomatous proliferation). Bone loss can occur in just one bone or spread to soft tissue and adjacent bones.



Although the disease may strike any of the bones of the body, it is more often recognized earlier when the bones at the top of the head (calvarium) and/or the mandibles are involved.



Because of its rarity, the disorder often goes unrecognized. As a result of that, coupled with a lack of agreement on how best to treat Gorham's disease once it is recognized, treatment may often be delayed. The cause of Gorham's disease is unknown.

Resources

NIH/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Information Clearinghouse

One AMS Circle

Bethesda, MD 20892-3675

USA

Tel: (301)495-4484

Fax: (301)718-6366

Tel: (877)226-4267

TDD: (301)565-2966

Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov

Internet: http://www.niams.nih.gov/



Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126

Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

Tel: (301)251-4925

Fax: (301)251-4911

Tel: (888)205-2311

TDD: (888)205-3223

Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/



Madisons Foundation

PO Box 241956

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tel: (310)264-0826

Fax: (310)264-4766

Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org

Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org



Lymphangiomatosis & Gorham's Disease Alliance

19919 Villa Lante Place

Boca Raton, FL 33434

Tel: (561)441-9766

Email: info@lgdalliance.org

Internet: http://www.lgdalliance.org/



For a Complete Report

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Last Updated:  4/25/2008

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