Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva
Other Names for this Disease
- Myositis ossificans
- Myositis ossificans progressiva
- Progressive myositis ossificans
- Progressive ossifying myositis
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There is currently no definitive treatment. However, a brief course of high-dose corticosteroids, such as Prednisone, started within the first 24 hours of a flare-up, may help reduce the intense inflammation and tissue swelling seen in the early stages of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. Other medications, such as muscle relaxants, mast cell inhibitors, and aminobisphosphonates, if appropriate, should be closely monitored by a physician. Surgery to remove heterotopic and extra-skeletal bone is risky and can potentially cause painful new bone growth. 
Last updated: 3/21/2011
- Pignolo R, Kaplan F. Pediatric Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva. E-medicine. July 30, 2009; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1007104-overview. Accessed 3/17/2011.
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