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Ollier disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Dyschondroplasia
  • Enchondromatosis
  • Multiple cartilaginous enchondroses
  • Multiple enchondromatosis
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Ollier disease is a skeletal disorder characterized by an asymmetric distribution of cartilagenous tumors (endochondromas) which may lead to skeletal deformities and limb-length discrepancy.[1][2][3] This condition primarily affects the long bones and cartilage of the joints of the arms and legs, specifically the area where the shaft and head of a long bone meet (metaphyses).[1][3] Clinical manifestations often appear in the first decade of life. The cause is unknown. There is no medical treatment, although surgery may be indicated in cases where complications (pathological fractures, growth defect, malignant transformation) arise.[3]
Last updated: 5/19/2011


  1. Ollier Disease. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2006; Accessed 5/19/2011.
  2. Chew FS, Maldjian C. Enchondroma and Enchondromatosis. eMedicine. 2009; Accessed 5/19/2011.
  3. Silve C, Juppner H. Ollier disease. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. 2006; Accessed 5/19/2011.
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