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2021 Jan 15

Eur J Phys Rehabil Med

Early diagnosis of heterotopic ossification among patients admitted to a neurological post intensive care rehabilitation unit.


Carpentier VT, Salga M, Gatin L, Genêt F, Paquereau J
Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2021 Jan 15.
PMID: 33448758.


Heterotopic ossification (HO) is defined as the formation of endochondral bone within soft tissue. Non-genetic forms, mainly corresponding to a consequence of bone, brain or spinal cord injury, are the most common. HO leads to important functional limitations and alteration of quality of life. To our knowledge, the time between brain, bone, or spinal cord injury and clinical suspicion of HO has never been studied. By admitting patients with severe neurological disorders, we hypothesised that the prevalence of HO in neurological post intensive care rehabilitation units (PICRU) might be significant as these patients have recognised risk factors for HO.