Other Names for this Disease
- Infantile cortical hyperostosis
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The signs and symptoms of Caffey disease are usually apparent by the time an infant is 5 months old. In rare cases, skeletal abnormalities can be detected by ultrasound during the late stages of pregnancy. For unknown reasons, the swelling and pain associated with Caffey disease tend to go away within a few months. The excess bone also disappears as it is reabsorbed by the body through a normal process called bone remodeling. If two bones have been fused, they may remain that way, which can lead to complications such as scoliosis and breathing problems.
Most people with Caffey syndrome have no further problems related to the disorder after early childhood. Occasionally, another episode of hyperostosis occurs years later. In addition, some adults who had Caffey disease have other abnormalities of the bones and connective tissues, including loose joints, stretchy skin or hernias.
The Human Phenotype Ontology provides the following list of signs and symptoms for Caffey disease. If the information is available, the table below includes how often the symptom is seen in people with this condition. You can use the MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary to look up the definitions for these medical terms.
The Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) has collected information on how often a sign or symptom occurs in a condition. Much of this information comes from Orphanet, a European rare disease database. The frequency of a sign or symptom is usually listed as a rough estimate of the percentage of patients who have that feature.
The frequency may also be listed as a fraction. The first number of the fraction is how many people had the symptom, and the second number is the total number of people who were examined in one study. For example, a frequency of 25/25 means that in a study of 25 people all patients were found to have that symptom. Because these frequencies are based on a specific study, the fractions may be different if another group of patients are examined.
Sometimes, no information on frequency is available. In these cases, the sign or symptom may be rare or common.
- Caffey disease. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). April 2013; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/caffey-disease. Accessed 4/15/2014.