Progressive Osseous Heteroplasia POH, is a rare disorder in which bones tend to grow in unusual parts of the body, the condition is caused due to genetic reasons. Muscles, tendons and ligaments in a few parts of the body might find bones coming up. If such bones grow near a joint, it could cause stiffness and make mobility difficult. The symptoms of POH can occur on childbirth itself, but can get overlooked as rough skin due to its tenderness at that stage.
HOW IS PROGRESSIVE OSSEOUS HETEROPLASIA DIAGNOSED?
Gene testing is one of the most commonly used method to diagnose POH by an orthopedic. Variation in the GNAS1 gene results confirm POH. To support diagnose X Ray and CT scan of the bones is performed
HOW IS PROGRESSIVE OSSEOUS HETEROPLASIA TREATED?
There is no medical cure or treatment for Progressive Osseous Heteroplasia. If diagnosed during early childhood, then the Orthopaedic can try some manipulation to direct the extra bone growth to a regular joint. Since the condition itself is rare enough data is also not available.