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Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2000 Jan 1;144(1):34-8.

[Man with cherubism].

[Article in Dutch]

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Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis, afd. Inwendige Geneeskunde, Delft.


Cherubism was diagnosed in a male when he was 6 years old. Cherubism is a benign, bilateral, painless lesion. It is commonly located in the mandible but in a minority of patients also in the maxilla. Cherubism is a familial condition with an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. At least one member of the family of the patient described had cherubism. The disease becomes manifest during early childhood and progresses until puberty when it spontaneously regresses. In the majority of patients no treatment is required. However, in the patient presented surgical procedures and odontological corrections were necessary. Due to a flare-up of the disease at the age of 22 years, the patient was treated with calcitonin for 1 year followed by bisphosphonates. During these treatments the disease symptoms diminished.

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