Noninfective Osteitides

Noninfective osteitides are nonspecific inflammatory diseases of bone not caused by an infection. The causes are obscure and indeterminate except in radiation osteitis that results from ionizing radiation. Histologically, they are characterized by inflammatory bony proliferation and sclerosis. For the sake of scinti-graphic description, the following diseases are dealt with under the heading of noninfective osteitides: osteitis condensans ilii, osteitis pubis, condensing osteitis of the clavicle, cos-tosternoclavicular hyperostosis, Caffey's infantile cortical hyperostosis, Paget's disease of bone (osteitis deformans), and odontogenous osteitis. Radiation osteitis is also included in this category because it is also a nonspecific inflammatory disease with common radiographic and scintigraphic findings.

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