Progressive osseous heteroplasia. Report of a family.J Bone Joint Surg Br 1998; 80(5):768-71JB
We report a case of progressive osseous heteroplasia in a female infant who had progressive ossification of the skin and deep connective tissues. Isolated dermal ossification is present in her father and younger sister suggesting an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance with variable expressivity or possible somatic mosaicism. This report of a family with progressive osseous heteroplasia contributes to the understanding of this uncommon genetic disorder, which must be distinguished from fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva and Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy. The paucity of familial cases of progressive osseous heteroplasia currently limits the use of a genome-wide linkage analysis, but linkage exclusion analysis with promising candidate genes is a possibility.