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March 1969

Fibrous Dysplasia of the Temporal Bone

Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Otolaryngology of the Mount Sinai Hospital and the City Hospital Center at Elmhurst, New York.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(3):447-459. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020449004

FIBROUS DYSPLASIA is a term coined by Lichtenstein and Jaffe1 in 1942 to designate an ill-defined group of bony changes which were previously designated by such varying terms as osteogenic or ossifying fibroma, fibrous osteoma, or osteofibroma. The issue is whether these growths really represent tumors or are merely due to a failure of bone to heal in the ordinary way due to a mesenchymal deficiency.

Fibrous dysplasia is usually considered to be of two varieties: monostotic or polyostotic referring to whether one or more than one bone is involved. Occasionally, the polyostotic type occurs in the form known as Albright's syndrome2,3 which is characterized by multiple involvement of the long bones, pigmentation of the skin, and the early development of secondary sex characteristics in females. This type is rare and very few of the cases reported have had involvement of the facial bones. The monostotic type of

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