What Are Fibrous Dysplasia Symptoms?

Fibrous Dysplasia Symptoms are evident in this MRI.

Fibrous dysplasia of the right zygomatic bone (left). Corresponding T2-weighted MRI (left) and CT (right) of the same patient.

In some instances, individuals may be entirely unaware of the presence of fibrous dysplasia, only discovering the disorder incidentally while undergoing X-rays for unrelated concerns. The characteristic “ground glass” appearance of fibrous dysplasia lesions contributes to their relatively straightforward identification on X-rays. It is noteworthy that some patients with fibrous dysplasia may remain entirely asymptomatic throughout their lives, while others may witness a progression of symptoms over time. This intriguing variability in symptom manifestation underscores the complexity of the condition and the diverse ways it can present in affected individuals.

Additional Fibrous Dysplasia Symptoms

Other patients may experience a wide range of fibrous dysplasia symptoms, including:

  • Bone pain: Individuals with fibrous dysplasia often experience a persistent, dull ache or discomfort in the affected bones. This pain can vary in intensity from mild to severe.
  • Bone deformity: In some cases, fibrous dysplasia can cause bone deformities. The abnormal growth of fibrous tissue can lead to changes in the shape and structure of the affected bones, contributing to pain and discomfort.
  • Fractures: Weakened bone structure resulting from fibrous dysplasia may increase the risk of fractures, adding to the overall pain experienced by individuals with the condition.

Over time, these symptoms can often lead to other problems, such as a limp or waddling walk caused by different leg lengths, or scoliosis (a curvature of the spine). If the face or skull bones