For 9 years we have observed a girl who has ossification in the dermis with astrikingly limited distribution. Recently a second girl with similar dermal ossification restricted to a single extremity was identified. The ectopic bone is histologically identical to normal membranous bone. These two patients have no obvious underlying cause for soft tissue bone formation, and no disorder of calcium or phosphate metabolism. Ossification first involved the dermal and subcutaneous connective tissue, and with time advanced locally in the affected areas to bridge joints and limit mobility. The ossification has now extended to involve muscle fascia but has not involved the muscle itself. This disease appears to represent a heretofore unrecognized disorder of mesenchymal differentiation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health