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Text Box: WHO ARE WE ?

The Melorheostosis Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding the cause, treatments  and cure for melorheostosis.  Our focus is on promoting greater awareness and understanding of this progressive disease and its manifestations through education, research, communication and advocacy efforts on behalf of those affected by it as well as those dedicated to alleviating it. For a full list of our Board of Directors, click here.

Our world renowned Medical Advisory Panel is led by Dr. Michael P. Whyte, Professor, Washington University School of Medicine; Director, Center for Metabolic Bone Disease and Molecular Research, Shirners Hospital for Children, St. Louis, MO. For a full list of the Medical Panel Click here..

Melorheostosis.org is:

 -- the largest database of melorheostosis patients in the world

 -- a community of melorheostosis patients and their families joined to share information, offer support, and seek answers together

--   a resource for treating physicians, researchers and other professionals

Melorheostosis is a rare and progressive disorder characterized by  hyperostosis (thickening) of the cortical bone.  Melorheostosis affects both bone and soft tissue growth and development.   Melorheostosis can result in severe functional limitation, extensive pain, soft tissue contractures, and limb, hand an/or foot deformity.  The age of diagnosis is typically based on the severity of onset and symptoms.  On x-rays, the appearance of melorheostosis been likened to flowing, melted candle  wax. 

Note:  Diseases associated with melorheostosis include, osteopoikilosis, osteopathia striata, scleroderma and Buschke-Ollendorff syndrome.


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Help the Medical Community Know How Many People are Affected by Melorheostosis


Through the power of the Internet, we have established a community of melorheostosis patients from around the world.  Our isolation as individual patients has ended and we have come together, along with our dedicated Medical Panel, to find answers.  Below are links to maps showing the location of melorheostosis patients who have posted their personal histories on this website.  We will also be adding patients who contact us but do not wish to post their personal history (see instructions below).

We are hoping even more melorheostosis patients will come forward this year. Please contact us so we can “put you on the map.” You have two options:

1.To post your personal history, go to the “Add Personal History” link on the left of this page and fill in the simple form in your own words . Your information will be posted under “Personal Histories” and you will be added to the map.

2. If you prefer not to post your personal history, just email us your name (first or last as you prefer), geographical location and where you are affected by melorheostosis to map@melorheostosis.org. This information will not be posted and your information will be kept confidential but you will be added to the map.

Let the medical community know you exist. Every ‘dot” on these maps represents a patient and a family facing the challenge of coping with melorheostosis. Stand up with them and be counted. We have strength in numbers none of us can possibly have alone. We look forward to hearing from you.

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 Dr. Michael P. Whyte, M.D.

Chair of the Melorheostosis Association

Medical Panel


has published a research paper on melorheostosis in the medical journal Bone.


For an explanation of the paper in layman’s terms

as well as a link to the full article, click here



2021 Melorheostosis Conference 

October 15—16, 2021


We are thrilled to announce that our 2021 Melorheostosis Conference will be held virtually — health and safety are our number one priority! While we will miss being together in person, we are beyond excited that for the first time in our 21 year history, patients and medical experts from around the world who have not been able to attend in person now have the opportunity to come together virtually.  There has never been a more exciting time  to hear the latest news from the dedicated medical experts working tirelessly on our behalf.

2018 Melorheostosis Conference “family”

“It’s been a wonderful year for melorheostosis at NIH.  In September, we presented data supporting a second gene for melorheostosis in a subset of patients. We hired a laboratory person dedicated to working on melorheostosis-derived patient cells.  We saw 8 new patients and 2 returning patients.  We performed one bone biopsy and three skin biopsies.  It remains amazing how much we have learned from the patients who visited NIH and the precious samples they have given us.  In 2020, we hope to develop models and systems that allow us to study melorheostosis in greater depth.”

Dr. Timothy Bhattacharyya
Head, Clinical and Investigative Orthopaedic Surgery



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