chapter  14
Diseases of the Bones and Joints
ByKristen A. Atkins, Stacey E. Mills
Pages 46

The craniofacial bones, trachea, and larynx are susceptible to many reactive, reparative, and neoplastic lesions seen in the rest of the axial and appendicular skeleton. However, many lesions common in the appendicular skeleton, such as giant cell tumor (GCT) and chondroblastoma, are rare in the head and neck. Conversely, tumors such as osteomas, hemangiomas, and giant cell granulomas have a propensity to occur in the craniofacial bones. A basic review of the bone, cartilage, and joint types in the head and neck follows to aid in understanding the distribution of tumors and reactive processes.