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Ribbing disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Diaphyseal sclerosis, multiple
  • Hereditary multiple diaphyseal sclerosis
  • Multiple diaphyseal sclerosis
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Ribbing disease is a rare bone disease that causes bony growths on the long bones, such as the thigh bone and shine bone.[1][2][3] Ribbing disease affects women more frequently than men. The most common symptom is pain. A single study of 14 patients found an association between Ribbing disease and impaired exercise tolerance and changes in heart function (i.e., increased prevalence of arrhythmia and changes in left ventricular systolic and diastolic function).[4] The cause of the condition is currently unknown, although some cases appear to be genetic and inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion. Optimal treatment for the disease is largely unknown. There have been case reports describing treatment of Ribbing disease with bisphosphonate pamidronate. Results have been mixed. The condition often resolves on its own; however cases of progressive disease have been described.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 12/1/2011


  1. Ziran, et. al.. Ribbing disease: radiographic and biochemical characterization, lack of response to pamidronate. Skeletal Radiol. 2002; 12:714-719. Accessed 12/1/2011.
  2. Rubin, et. al.. Clinical, humoral and scintigraphic assessment of a bisphosphonate as potential treatment of diaphyseal dysplasia: Ribbing and Cammurati-Engelmann diseases. Medicina (B. Aires). 1997; Accessed 4/15/2011.
  3. Ribbing disease. Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM). June 2009; Accessed 12/1/2011.
  4. Cocco G, Kovac C, Sfrisi C, Pouleur H. Cardiac involvement in Ribbing's disease. Eur Heart J. 1994; 15(8):1124-8. Accessed 12/1/2011.
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  • The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
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