Yonsei Med J.  1991 Dec;32(4):347-355. 10.3349/ymj.1991.32.4.347.

Ossifying fibroma

  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Our experience includes seven cases of ossifying fibroma. The condition also appears in the literature under diagnostic names such as congenital fibrous dysplasia, congenital osteitis fibrosa, congenital fibrous defect of the tibia, and osteofibrous dysplasia of the tibia and fibula. The lesions develop in childhood and are located in the diaphysis of the tibia, or fibula. Of seven patients, we performed wide excision with free vascularized fibular graft in five cases, wide resection of the distal one-third of the fibula in one case, and curettage and bone graft in one case. Two of the patients who had wide excision with free vascularized fibular graft had recurrence. One case of recurrence occurred where incomplete wide excision with free-vascularized fibular graft was performed because the lesion was too close to the distal epiphysis of the tibia. One of the patients who had curettage and bone graft also had recurrence. It was concluded that children who have an ossifying fibroma requiring surgery can safely be treated with wide excision with or without free-vascularized fibular graft.


Ossifying fibroma
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