Dripping candle wax sign (melorheostosis)

Andrew Murphy and Dr Andrew Dixon et al.

Dripping candle wax sign, also known as flowing candle wax appearance, describes the appearance of sclerotic cortical thickening in melorheostosis. The irregular cortical hyperostosis typically occurs on one side of the involved bone and undulates along much like melted wax down a candle.


  • overproduction of bone matrix
  • increased angiogenesis
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rID: 18808
Section: Signs
Tag: refs, stub
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Flowing candle wax appearance

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