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Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis - FAQs / Frequently Asked Questions

Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis / Caffey-Silverman disease
Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis is a disease of unknown cause, where bizarre thickening of the cortical bones of infants is the prime finding

FAQs of Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis

How will I know if my children will be affected with Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis?
With advanced genetic techniques, it is possible to predict if your child will be affected by any genetic condition. But since Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis is a condition of unknown cause, genetic mapping is not always the answer. This together with the fact that the disease is mild and does not pose a threat to life makes this process irrelevant.

Which doctor should I see in case my child has several soft tissue swellings?
A pediatrician, orthopedic specialist or a dental surgeon are the doctors who will be able to diagnose and offer further advice about this condition

My child has been diagnosed as having Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis. Should I be worried?
No. Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis is a relatively mild condition and so far no fatalities have been reported. Therefore, there is no need to worry as such, but make sure that your child has regular check ups.

What are the complications of Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis?
Complication are extremely rare and include deformities of the involved bones, inequalities in limb-length.

What other conditions mimic Infantile Cortical Hyperostosis?
Differential diagnosis include
Osteomyelitis
Trauma
Hypervitaminosis A
Hyperphosphatemia
Scurvy

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