Permeative process in bone

A true permeative process of bone, or moth-eaten appearance in bone, describes multiple small endosteal lucent lesions or holes, often with poorly defined margins, with sparing of the cortex. It is a bone marrow process.

The term 'moth-eaten' describes the pattern of destruction observed in fabric that has been eaten by moth larvae.  

The most common pathologies that may manifest with a permeative appearance include 1:

Mnemonic: FIRE MD

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rID: 21097
Sections: Pathology, Approach
Tag: refs
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  • Moth-eaten appearance in bone

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