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Article
February 1982

Osteomyelitis of the Mandible: An Initial Feature in Late-Onset Osteopetrosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn. Dr Mathis is now with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(2):120-121. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790500056014
Abstract

• Osteopetrosis is a rare disease that may be seen with numerous disorders referable to the head and neck. It occurs in both a malignant and a benign form. The benign form is consistent with a long life span and, when clinically manifest, often does so as osteomyelitis of the mandible. An awareness of this association greatly simplifies diagnosis through standard osseous roentgenograms. The findings of osteopetrosis so characteristic on standard osseous roentgenograms may be inapparent if only mandibular roentgenograms are obtained.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1982;108:120-121)

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