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Benign Hyperostotic Mass of the Frontal Bone

Chen, Oriana I. BS*; Murthy, Ananth S. MD, FACS*†

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: January 2012 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p e27–e30
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e31824209a1
Brief Clinical Studies

Diagnosis of a slow-growing mass of the cranium can be challenging. We present a rare clinical report of a 19-year-old woman with a unilateral mass of the frontal bone. Pathological diagnosis was hyperostosis, which is extremely rare in this age group. A comprehensive review of literature with recommendations for diagnostic modalities and treatment options is reported. Specifically, hyperostosis frontalis interna can be evaluated with computed tomography imaging of the cranium and treated with resection and reconstruction with split calvarial bone grafts. Annual radiographic imaging is recommended to ensure remission.

From the *Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, Rootstown; and †Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, Ohio.

Received June 23, 2011.

Accepted for publication September 18, 2011.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Ananth S. Murthy, MD, FACS, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Center, 215 W Bowery St, Suite 3300, Akron, OH 44308-1062; E-mail:

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Mutaz B. Habal, MD