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Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Medical fitness chest film prior to commencement of new employment.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Male

Chest x-ray

Dense sclerotic ribs in a dermatomal distribution. Sclerotic 6th and 7th left ribs along a confluent length of bone. Dripping candle wax appearance.

Asymptomatic patient with long period of static appearances. After initial viewing, old films were reviewed dating back more than 10 years to early adulthood which were unchanged.

Case Discussion

Typical appearances of melorheostosis affecting the ribs.

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Case information

rID: 19614
Published: 27th Jun 2016
Last edited: 1st Oct 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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