Sclerosing osteomyelitis of Garré

Last revised by Dr Bahman Rasuli on 23 Jul 2020

Sclerosing osteomyelitis of Garré is a specific type of chronic osteomyelitis. It mainly affects children and young adults. It typically affects the mandible and is commonly associated with an odontogenic infection resulting from dental caries.

A localized overgrowth of bone on the outer surface of the cortex. This mass of bone, which is supracortical but subperiosteal, is smooth, fairly calcified, and is often described as a duplication of the cortical layer of the mandible.

The redundant cortical layering of the bone (onion skinning) is often considered a pathognomonic feature 8.

It was first described by Carl Garre in 1893 6.

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Cases and figures

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