120 Osteogenesis Imperfecta

CASE 120

Clinical Presentation

A 13-month-old female infant presents with swelling of the left arm.


Figure 120A


Figure 120B


Figure 120C


Figure 120D

Radiologic Findings

Frontal radiograph of the left humerus (Fig. 120A) shows an oblique fracture of the mid-shaft of the left humerus. Frontal view chest radiograph (Fig. 120B) demonstrates osteopenia and gracile ribs with multiple healing fractures. A fracture of the left humerus is also visualized. Radiograph of the lower extremities (Fig. 120C) demonstrates osteopenia and bowing of the femurs, greater on the left. Lateral view of the skull (Fig. 120D) demonstrates multiple wormian bones.


Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI)

Differential Diagnosis

  • Nonaccidental injury/child abuse
  • Menkes (kinky hair) syndrome
  • Hypophosphatasia
  • Campomelic dysplasia



OI is one of the most common genetic disorders of connective tissue. OI is characterized by the following features: fragile bones, frequent fractures, limb bowing, spinal shortening, blue sclerae, deafness, poor dentition, ligamentous laxity, and easy bruising. Approximately 4 in 100,000 births present with OI.


OI results from an abnormal quantity and/or quality of type I collagen. Mutations in the COL1A1 gene on chromosome 17 or COL1A2gene on chromosome 7 alter the structure of the triple helix of collagen. This results in decreased synthesis of collagen or structurally abnormal collagen. Abnormalities in the collagen type I and collagen type III are detected in fibroblast cultures from skin extracts of patients with OI.

Clinical Findings

Variability in clinical features has led to the concept of heterogeneity based on a classification of four major types of OI, as shown in Table 120A.


  • Nonunion of fractures
  • Flail chest
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteosarcoma (rare)
  • Basilar impression with brain stem compression
  • Cardiomyopathy, mitral, or aortic valve disease


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Dec 21, 2015 | Posted by in PEDIATRIC IMAGING | Comments Off on 120 Osteogenesis Imperfecta

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