Ollier Disease

Also known as: dyschondroplasia

What is Ollier disease?

Ollier disease is a disorder in which benign (noncancerous) growths of cartilage grow in the bones and ultimately lead to bone deformities, shortened limbs and fractures. Though present at birth, Ollier disease typically doesn’t become evident until around age 5.

What causes Ollier disease?

Ollier disease is the result of a rare genetic mutation that occurs before birth. It is not hereditary, however, and cannot be passed down through families.  

What are the symptoms of Ollier disease?

People with Ollier disease typically have bone deformities, shortened limbs and fractures. The condition impacts people from early childhood to adulthood, so those with the condition often have short stature and underdeveloped muscles.

How can Ollier disease affect children?

Though Ollier disease appears at birth, symptoms typically become apparent around the age of 5. Ollier disease cannot be cured, so children with the condition will need a supportive care team to help them live comfortably with the condition.

What are Ollier disease treatments?

The symptoms of Ollier disease can be managed with corrective surgeries, fracture treatments and joint replacements when needed. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work and other supportive treatments are also often needed for those with Ollier disease.

Reviewed by: Daniel K Ruggles, DO

This page was last updated on: August 03, 2023 12:07 PM