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Caffey disease

Disease definition

Caffey disease is an osteosclerotic dysplasia characterized by acute inflammation with massive subperiosteal new bone formation usually involving the diaphyses of the long bones, as well as the ribs, mandible, scapulae, and clavicles. The disease is associated with fever, irritability pain and soft tissue swelling, with onset around the age of 2 months and resolving spontaneously by the age of 2 years. However, prenatal disease onset has also been described.


Classification level: Disorder
  • Synonym(s):
    • Infantile cortical hyperostosis
  • Prevalence: Unknown
  • Inheritance: Autosomal dominant or Unknown 
  • Age of onset: Infancy, Neonatal, Antenatal, Childhood
  • ICD-10: M89.8
  • OMIM: 114000
  • UMLS: C0020497
  • MeSH: -
  • GARD: 1051
  • MedDRA: -

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