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Osteofibrous Dysplasia

Osteofibrous dysplasia is a benign fibro-osseous cortical lesion, almost exclusively occurs in tibia and fibula. It is most commonly seen in the mid-diaphysis of the tibia. Some consider it synonymous with ossifying fibroma, but many consider as a separate condition. The commonly used synonym is 'ossifying fibroma of the long bones'.

Epidemiology and Natural History

  • Most are seen around the age of 10 years.
  • There is likely slight male predilection.
  • They usually have excellent prognosis and usually stabilize or spontaneously regress once the child is older than 10 years old. 
  • It can be locally destructive and may result in pathological fracture, subsequently pseudarthrosis.
  • Local recurrences can occur after surgery with some aggressive recurrence, possibly due to components of adamantinoma or possible transformation to adamantinoma.



Clinical Presentation

  • Most present with pain and swelling. 
  • May present secondary to pathological fracture.


  • It is considered as a benign, non-neoplastic benign condition.
  • Histology shows trabecular bone woven within fibrous stroma with osteoblastic rimming and mature lamellar bone.
  • Some consider it as part of spectrum of osteofibrous dysplasia-like adamantinoma and adamantinoma.
  • It is closely related to fibrous dysplasia (fibrous dyplasia is predominantly medullary), but zonal phenomenon and osteoblastic rimming of bony trabeculae are absent in fibrous dysplasia.
  • Osteofibrous dysplasia and ossifying fibroma of the jaw have similar histological characteristics, but osteofibrous dysplasia shows cytokeratin-positive cells and ossifying fibroma of the jaw shows psammomatous calcification, which are exclusive features.
  • Although adamantinoma can contain osteofibrous dysplasia-like components, nests or strands of epithelioid cell is the differentiating feature between adamantioma and osteofibrous dysplasia.
  • Adamantinoma with scarce epithelioid component and mostly composed of osteofibrous dysplasia-like tissue are considered as osteofibrous dysplasia-like adamantinoma.

Imaging features: General

  • Younger age group (adamantinoma - older age group)
  • Usually smaller than adamantinomas (mean 6-7 cm compared to 10-17 cm for adamantinoma).

Plain radiograph

Plain radiograph remains the initial and chief investigation.

  • Location along the long axis: mid diaphysis, especially anteriorly
  • Location along the transverse axis: cortical with medullary encroachment
  • Appreance: lobular loculations to bubbly
  • Desnity: lucent or ground-glass
  • Zone of transition: narrow
  • Margins: well-defined and sclerotic
  • Other features which may be present: Pseudotrabeculations, anterior bowing
  • Negative features: no periosteal reaction, no nidus


MRI is the next step in investigating suspected fubrosseusys dysplasia

  • Intermediate signal on T1.
  • Intermediate-to high signal on T2.
  • Diffue and intense enhancement.
  • No soft-tissue component.
  • No cortical destruction.


  • Surgery is reserved for large size or aggressive behavior.

Differential Diagnosis


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