Pinto MD, Braz GG, Santos RG, Polido D, Paixão JR, et al. (2018) Fibrous Dysplasia in Maxillary Bone: Case Report. Int J Oral Dent Health 4:072.

CASE REPORT | OPEN ACCESSDOI: 10.23937/2469-5734/1510072

Fibrous Dysplasia in Maxillary Bone: Case Report

Marcelo Domingues Pinto1, Gustavo Gaffrée Braz2, Roberto Gomes Santos3, Diego Polido4, Marcelo Domingues Pinto1, Gustavo Gaffrée Braz2, Roberto Gomes Santos3, Diego Polido4, Jonathan Rodopiano Paixão1, Hugo Solé de Melo1 and Roberto Almeida Elias5

1Department of Maxillofacial, Resident of the Hospital Municipal Lourenço Jorge, University Grande Rio, Brazil

2Department of Maxillofacial, Chief Director of Surgery Hospital Municipal Lourenço Jorge, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil

3Department of Maxillofacial, Chief of Maxillofacial Service Hospital Municipal Lourenço Jorge, University Gama Filho, Brazil

4Department of Maxillofacial, Resident of the Hospital Municipal Lourenço Jorge, University Nova Iguaçu, Brazil

5Specialist in Maxilofacial by the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Fibrous dysplasia is a benign lesion, congenital, recurrent character and etiology unknown, caused by a bone modeling disorder with constant alterations of the normal bone being replaced by immature fibrous tissue. The lesion may involve one or more bones being the maxilla the facial bone more affected. We report a case of polyostotic fibrous dysplasia in a male patient complaining of increased volume in the right genital region. In this case, Computed Tomography (CT) was the main radiographic examination to demonstrate the extension and radiodensity that the lesion assumes in the craniofacial bones, being therefore of fundamental importance in the surgical planning and in the longitudinal follow-up of the operated patient. The diagnosis was confirmed by anatopathology and the treatment of choice was osteoplasty. This article also aims to review the main clinical, radiological, histopathological, differential diagnosis and Fibrous dysplasia treatment.


Polyostotic maxillary fibrous dysplasia, Fibrous lesions


Fibrous Dysplasia (FD) is described as a slowly evolving, benign tumour disorder of bone development characterized by the replacement of normal bone by excessive proliferation of cellular fibrous connective tissue interspersed with irregular bone trabeculae [1,2].

In 1891, Von Recklinghausen denominated de "generalist fibrous osteitis" pathological conditions that characterized deformities and bone alterations [3,4]. Therefore, only in 1938, Liechtenstein and Jaffe recognized these conditions described, previously, as a well-characterized disease and named it fibrous dysplasia [5,6].

The etiology of this entity is still unknown [7,8]. Clinically it is classified as monostotic or polyostotic, the first being focal, limited to a single bone, and the second, multifocal, involving several bones simultaneously [9].

The monostotic form shows no predilection for sex and is found in about 70% of all cases of fibrous dysplasia, with gnathic bones being the most commonly affected sites [10]. The cases of monostotic fibrous dysplasia are usually diagnosed during the second decade of life, with painless swelling being the most common feature [1,2].

Polyostotic fibrous dysplasia is an uncommon condition, presenting a higher prevalence for females. The number of bones affected ranges from a few up to 75% of the entire skeleton and almost all patients with polyostotic fibrous dysplasia present craniofacial involvement with surprising predilection on one side of the body [11]. The involvement of two or more bones associated with brown-to-white pigmentation characterizes Jaffe-Lichtenstein Syndrome.

Clinically it presents the following characteristics: volume increase of slow growth with bulging of the involved region and facial asymmetry (when in great proportions) [12-14]. The soft tissue covering the lesion is normal in appearance [12-14]. Pain and paresthesia are rare complaints, with slow growth of the lesion, and the patient often cannot remember when the lesion was initially perceived [14].

It can be evaluated by conventional radiography, scintigraphy, magnetic resonance imaging and Computed Tomography Scans (CT) [5,15] although CT is considered the exam of choice in the evaluation of craniofacial lesions [7].

Currently, the surgical treatment of resection or osteoplasty with cosmetic recontouring is recommended when there is functional or aesthetic impairment caused by the lesion, however it should be postponed as much as possible due to the possibility of recurrence in cases where bone growth is active [7,16].

Thus, the present study aims to report a case of polyostotic bone dysplasia, as well as the clinical, imaging, laboratory, histological and development of the case aspects will be discussed.

Case Report

Patient A.S.G, male, 43-years-old, leucoderma, looked for the service of surgery and bucomaxillofacial traumatology of Hospital Municipal Lourenço Jorge (HMLJ), Rio de Janeiro, complaining of increased volume in the right genio region and wanted to improve its aesthetic picture.

In the anamnesis the patient reported that, despite having noticed such an alteration ten years ago, never sought treatment due to the absence of symptomatology, the same referred to no previous trauma. At the extra-oral clinical examination, in an inferior-superior view, facial asymmetry was observed, presenting a volumetric increase in the zygomatic region, right maxilla, deletion of the right nasogenian sulcus, no alteration of skin color, lymphadenopathy or any other alteration (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Facial asymmetry with nasal midline weaning and deletion in the nasogenian sulcus. View Figure 1

At the intraoral examination, there was an increase in volume in the region of end of sulcus from the canine to right maxillary tuberosity, with erasure of the vestibular sulcus. Of hard consistency to the palpation, with oral mucosa of normal appearance, smooth surface, regular and without ulcerations (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Intraoral followed by vestibule fund access for lesion exposure and osteoplasty. View Figure 2

Computed tomography revealed a hyperdense image, an expansive mass in the maxilla palate and with compression of the right nasal cavity.

Face CT revealed an insufflating lesion, with dense glass density in the maxillary bone, partially occupying the right maxillary sinus and the ipsilateral nasal cavity and lowering of the hard palate with involvement of the dental alveoli (Figure 3). 3D reconstruction offers a better three-dimensional understanding of the lesion, being more accurate in relation to the volume, density and involvement of adjacent anatomical structures, which facilitates the treatment plan (Figure 4).

Figure 3: Selected coronal section for analysis. View Figure 3

Figure 4: 3D computed tomography for better three-dimensional comprehension. View Figure 4

Patient referred to the surgical center of the Hospital Municipal Lourenço Jorge (HMLJ), Rio de Janeiro, submitted to a surgical procedure under general anesthesia, incision was made in the upper vestibule fundus, exposure of the lesion, partial resection of the lesion, and osteoplasty for correction of bone spikes with spherical drill (Figure 2).

Macroscopically we can see a spongy, yellowish-looking bone lesion. All material was collected and sent to the pathology center of the Universidade Estadual do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), for histopathological analysis, which confirmed the diagnosis of fibrous dysplasia (Figure 5).

Figure 5: Anatomopathological. View Figure 5

Patient referred for post-anesthetic recovery under anesthesiologist care, evolving postoperative without intercurrence.

At the moment the patient is with a year and a half of postoperative follow-up without clinical signs and satisfactory aesthetic result (Figure 6).

Figure 6: Satisfactory aesthetics, enhanced symmetry and absence of scarring. View Figure 6


The fibrous dysplasia is a uncommon disease, congenital, benign, characterized by defective bone modeling, with gradual replacement of normal bone by fibrosis with irregularly mineralized osteoids. Some believe to be a congenital anomaly of mesenchymal tissue development [17].

The fibrous dysplasia is a pathology responsible for about 2.5% of bone tumours, and more than 7% of all non-malignant bone tumours [4,18]. In yours variety forms, affects one in every 4,000 to 10,000 individuals, don't having relation with hereditary factor [1].

Approximately 70% of the cases are manifested in the first decade of life, with slow growth, stabilizes at puberty, along with the skeleton. It's more frequent in females, recurrent in about 37% of the cases in adults [17].

Fibrous dysplasia remained with your indefinite etiology, with authors [14,19-21], describing embryological, neurological and congenital theories to explain their etiology. We now know that fibrous dysplasia is a sporadic condition that results from a post zygomatic mutation in the GNAS1 gene (protein bound to the guanine nucleotide α-stimulating activity of polypeptide 1) [13]. We can affirm that fibrous dysplasia is a pathology that causes a disorganization in the bone tissue, generating an exaggerated and disorganized growth of this disease.

It's classified according to the number of bones affected and the presence or not of extra-skeletal abnormalities. The monostotic form affects only one bone and corresponds to 70-80% of FD cases. The polyostotic form, in which multiple bones are affected, can be divided in three subtypes: Craniofacial, in which only bones of the craniofacial are involved including the mandible and maxilla; Lichtenstein-Jaffe, in which besides the involvement of multiple bones of the skeleton are brown-to-brown pigmentations in the skin; Albright syndrome, characterized by the involvement of several bones, brown-to-brown pigmentation on the skin and endocrine impairment, with prominence for early puberty in girls. The polyostotic form responds for 20-30% of the cases [22]. Referring to tomographic examinations of the presented case, it was evidenced compromise of the palatine bones, maxilla, zygomatic complex right side, sphenoid, as well as region of nasal cavity.

Initially the disease is asymptomatic. The signs and symptoms in FD are dependent on the location of the lesion(s) and the compressive effect on neighboring structures as the tumour progresses slowly: Asymmetry and facial deformity; Pathological fractures; Obstruction of the paranasal sinuses generating recurrent infections, cysts and mucoceles; Anosmia, headache, loss of visual acuity by compression of the optic nerve; Alteration of ocular movements, ptosis, exophthalmos, strabismus; Conductive hearing loss [18,23-25].

The clinical signs and symptoms observed in this case were also found by several authors [13,14,20,26-28], such as: Volume increase in the region, functional impairment, facial asymmetry, slow and asymptomatic evolution, mucosa adjacent to lesion without changes, hard consistency on palpation, normal-appearing mucosa with smooth surface and no ulcerations. The main symptoms reported by patients, when present, are: Throbbing or discomfort, some heat at the local of injury, diplopia, decreased visual acuity and may even lead to vision loss, deafness, nasal obstruction and dizziness [18,29]. Another very common feature of facial asymmetry is leontiasis ossea, caused by the expansion of maxilla, with loss of the nasomaxillary angle, generating a feline facial appearance [5]. In the report, the patient only complained about localized asymmetry, especially in the zygomatic-maxillary region.

CT is the test of choice for the study of lesion(s), avaliation of its extension and surgical preparation [24,30]. Basically, three radiographic patterns in the fibrous dysplasia of the skull and facial bones are described: Pategoid, alternating radiodense and radiotransparent areas; Sclerotic, homogeneously dense; and cystic pattern with spherical or ovoid radiolucent area surrounded by dense boundaries [25]. In the case reported, tomographic images of the lesion assumed a hyperdense pattern interspersed with hypodense areas of imprecise limits, resulting in the classic aspect of "ground glass". The definitive diagnosis of FD is made by the correlation of clinical, radiological and anatomopathological findings [31]. It is of great importance that computed tomography should always be used before the surgical procedure to evaluate the actual size of the pathology, anatomical structures and their compromise, and mainly, to guide in the planning of the extent of ostectomy and osteoplasty that will be performed. Besides that, can be divided into three patterns of involvement: the sclera, the cystic or the mixed [11].

The differential diagnosis includes benign lesions: Solitary unilocular cyst, non-ossifying fibroma, eosinophilic granuloma, cholesteatoma, meningioma, Paget's disease, osteochondroma, ossifying fibroma, giant cell reparative granuloma, exostoses, aneurysmal bone cyst, cystic fibrous osteitis; and malignancies, such as: Sarcoma and metastatic osteoblastic lesions [22]. The clinical aspects, in the case reported, along with the laboratory and imaging findings, were fibrosis dysplasia, but it is indispensable to perform histopathological examination to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment is still debatable, especially in relation to lesions in the middle third of the face, which are difficult to access, when, after surgical intervention, esthetic and functional deficits can be found. Therefore, the best choice for approach in this region is through partial resection or bone remodeling. Aggressive surgeries are reserved for other cases in which vision or dentition is impaired [32]. The patient of the exposed clinical case had an important impairment of the right third of the face on the right side, but without nasal obstruction or malocclusion and with preserved visual acuity. The proposed surgery was to perform an intraoral access in the upper vestibule, with aesthetic purpose, and the high rate of recurrence of the lesion. The option was made for facial remodeling through osteoplasty, agreeing with the authors previously mentioned.

At anatomopathological examination, two forms can be distinguished macroscopically: The compact form, characterized by the presence of osteoid tissue, which progressively ossifies and assumes the appearance of mature bone and the cystic form, which presents one or more cavities surrounded by the changes described above.

Microscopically, the appearance of these two forms is unique. There is proliferation of fibrous tissue, with progressive ossification and destruction of the affected bone [18].

A specimen was sent for histopathological examination for microscopic examination of the lesion and confirmation of the diagnosis hypothesis. The microscopic findings of the lesions resemble those described in the literature [13,33,34] and were: Young trabeculae interspersed by fibrous conjunctive tissue compatible with diagnosis of fibrous dysplasia.

Radiotherapy is contraindicated due to the possibility of malignant transformation of the post-irradiation lesion [9,13,35], chemotherapy is also contraindicated, since it is not effective in curing the disease [13,14,26].

Some authors defend the need for a clinical, endocrinological and scintigraphic study with computed tomography in patients diagnosed with fibrous dysplasia in search of other lesions in other sites and extra-skeletal involvement [24,30].

Clinical and radiological follow-up by CT is fundamental in patients with FD due to the moderate rate of recurrence of the lesion(s) and may reach 37% according to some authors [18].


Facing the clinical case, FD is considered a pathology, which may present functional and aesthetic impairment. In the moment of decision to treat fibrous dysplasia, consideration should be given to the patient's age, presence or absence of facial asymmetry, facial involvement and future rehabilitation. Because it is a tumour with no precise and relapsing limits, it is important to remove as much tissue as possible without causing mutilations to the patient, functional deficits or lesions of noble structures. Surgical treatment is indicated in case of significant deformity, significant pain or pathological fracture. Radiation therapy is contraindicated due to the high risk of sarcomatous transformation. The follow-up is of fundamental importance (time) in order to detect relapses or a possible, malignant change at an early stage.


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Pinto MD, Braz GG, Santos RG, Polido D, Paixão JR, et al. (2018) Fibrous Dysplasia in Maxillary Bone: Case Report. Int J Oral Dent Health 4:072.