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August 1989

Heterotopic Ossification Within the Small-Bowel Mesentery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus. Dr Myers is now with the Department of Orthopaedics, University of Rochester (NY).

Arch Surg. 1989;124(8):982-983. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1989.01410080118020

• Heterotopic bone formation has been previously noted in abdominal laparotomy scars, but the presence of ectopic bone within the peritoneum is extremely rare. Our patient had recurrent formation of heterotopic bone involving the abdominal wall, peritoneum, and small-bowel mesentery. The features of various types of ectopic calcification are discussed, and several theories concerning the pathogenesis and treatment of heterotopic ossification are examined.

(Arch Surg 1989;124:982-983)