Orphanet: Search a disease

Search for a rare disease

* (*) mandatory field

Other search option(s)

Suggest an update

(*) Required fields.


Only comments seeking to improve the quality and accuracy of information on the Orphanet website are accepted. For all other comments, please send your remarks via contact us. Only comments written in English can be processed.

Captcha image


Disease definition

A rare maxillo-facial surgical disease characterized by an inflammatory, granulomatous lesion, most commonly of iatrogenic origin due to interaction of extravasated erythrocytes with exogenous lipids, in particular petrolatum-based antibiotic ointment used after surgical procedures. Most frequent locations are the paranasal sinuses and jaws, although the lesion can occur in any part of the body. It is typically found incidentally as an asymptomatic soft tissue swelling.


Classification level: Disorder
  • Synonym(s):
    • Spherulocytosis
    • Subcutaneous spherulocystic disease
  • Prevalence: Unknown
  • Inheritance: Not applicable 
  • Age of onset: Adult
  • ICD-10: -
  • OMIM: -
  • UMLS: C0027123
  • MeSH: -
  • GARD: -
  • MedDRA: -
The documents contained in this web site are presented for information purposes only. The material is in no way intended to replace professional medical care by a qualified specialist and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or treatment.