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Journal of Burn Care & Research:
doi: 10.1097/BCR.0b013e3182957768
Original Articles

Characterization of Heterotopic Ossification in Burn Patients

Medina, Abelardo MD, PhD*‡; Shankowsky, Heather RN*; Savaryn, Bohdan BSc*; Shukalak, Barb BSc; Tredget, Edward E. MD, MSc, FRCSC*†‡

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Abstract

Heterotopic ossification (HO) is a clinical condition of ectopic bone formation in soft tissue. This clinical entity has been associated with genetic disorders, traumatic injuries, and musculoskeletal surgeries. In this regard, functional impairments secondary to scar contractures seen in burn injuries may be exacerbated with underlying HO. The appropriate prevention or management of this complication is crucial to optimize outcome in burn patients. This clinical study reviews the incidence of HO in our burned patients, diagnostic methods, therapeutic approaches including surgical timing and techniques.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Burn Association

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