Garre's sclerosing osteomyelitis

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Garre's sclerosing osteomyelitis
Other names: Proliferative periostitis
Buccal enlargement of the bone at lateral side of body of mandible
SpecialtyInfectious disease

Garre's sclerosing osteomyelitis is a type of chronic osteomyelitis also called periostitis ossificans[1] and Garré's sclerosing osteomyelitis.

It is a rare disease.[2] It mainly affects children and young adults.[3] It is associated with a low grade infection, which may be due to dental caries (cavities in the teeth).[citation needed]

The body of the mandible may show irregular lucent/opaque changes with subperiosteal opaque layering along inferior border. It is a chronic osteomyelitis with subperiosteal bone and collagen deposition. There is no suppuration and sinus formation. It was first described by the Swiss surgeon Carl Garré.[citation needed]


  1. Neelima, M (2012). Osteomyelitis and osteo radionecrosis of the jaw bones (3 ed.). Jaypee Brothers Medical Publish. pp. 608–611. ISBN 9350259389. Archived from the original on 10 December 2023. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  2. Belli E, Matteini C, Andreano T (November 2002). "Sclerosing osteomyelitis of Garré periostitis ossificans". J Craniofac Surg. 13 (6): 765–8. doi:10.1097/00001665-200211000-00010. PMID 12457091.
  3. Suma R, Vinay C, Shashikanth MC, Subba Reddy VV (2007). "Garre's sclerosing osteomyelitis". J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 25 Suppl: S30–3. PMID 17921638.