The 'vanishing bone' syndrome multicentric osteolysis with nodulosis and arthropathy (MONA) is a rare chronic skeleton disorder caused by matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) deficiency, mimicking erosive polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. MONA is characterised by facial dysmorphism, subcutaneous fibrocollagenous nodules, carpal and tarsal osteolysis and interphalangeal joint erosions. We present the case of a 5-year-old boy with double outlet right ventricle, ventricular septal defect, coarctation of the aorta and MONA. Previously, a total of 24 cases of MONA have been reported of which six also had congenital cardiac malformations. Despite treatment attempts of our patient with methotrexate, eternacept and prednisolone, serial X-ray studies documented continuous severe bone degeneration. Conclusion: The case documents the natural history of MONA and establishes a link between MMP2 deficiency and heart development, and given the recurring cardiac association, we suggest that all MONA patients be examined for possible cardiac defects.
- Congenital heart defect
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
- Matrix metalloproteinase 2
- Multicentric osteolysis