Hereditary multiple exostosis is a genetic condition that can be passed down to a child from one parent or occur on its own due to a genetic mutation. It affects bone growth and development, causing bony growths known as exostoses to form in the body. The formation of exostoses stops once a child finishes growing. Any exostoses that are causing a child pain or discomfort should be surgically removed.
Hereditary Multiple Exostosis: What You Need to Know
- Hereditary multiple exostosis is usually diagnosed around age 3.
- Bony growths that result from hereditary multiple exostosis can cause soreness, deformities and differences in limb length.
- In roughly 5 percent of patients, growths can also become cancerous.
- Surgery is required to remove bony growths caused by hereditary multiple exostosis.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of hereditary multiple exostosis?
Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage your child's hereditary multiple exostosis.
Our physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) specialize in pediatric orthopaedics and play a key role in providing care to our patients and families.
Meet our staff that cares for patients with hereditary multiple exostosis: