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Growth of benign tumours and tumour-like lesions of bone results in osteolysis which may cause pathological fracture. Bisphosphonates are anti-osteolytic agents which have proved effective in the treatment of number of osteolytic conditions. In this study we report the results of treatment with the aminobisphosphonate, pamidronate, of three benign osteolytic tumours of bone, two cases of fibrous dysplasia and one of Langerhans cell histiocytosis. In all three cases there was clinical and radiological improvement following treatment. Radiologically, bone lesions did not exhibit progressive enlargement. Two cases of fibrous dysplasia also showed features suggestive of increased bone formation. These findings indicate that bisphosphonates are likely to be useful in controlling the osteolysis of benign tumours/tumour-like lesions of bone, particularly in those cases where surgical intervention is not possible or multifocal lesions are present.

Original publication

DOI

10.1080/1357714031000114165

Type

Journal article

Journal

Sarcoma

Publication Date

01/2003

Volume

7

Pages

35 - 41

Addresses

Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pathology Nuffield Department of Orthopaedic Surgery University of Oxford Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Oxford OX3 7LD UK.