The treatment of immature heterotopic ossification in spinal cord injury with combination surgery, radiation therapy and NSAID

T. M. Freebourn, D. B. Barber, A. C. Able

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Abstract

Heterotopic ossification (HO) is a frequent complication associated with spinal cord injury. Management of HO consists of a combination of range-of-motion, diphosphonates, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory agents, radiation therapy, and in some cases, surgical resection. The appropriate timing of surgical resection has traditionally been based on maturity of the case presented is that of a 33-year-old male with T8 complete paraplegia who developed HO about the left hip resulting in impaired sitting. The patient underwent successful surgical wedge resection of the HO despite apparent immaturity of the HO. A comprehensive review of the literature is presented which suggests that early resection of immature HO may not be predictive of a higher recurrence rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-53
Number of pages4
JournalSpinal Cord
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

Keywords

  • Heterotopic ossification
  • Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory agents
  • Radiation therapy
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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