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May 1977

Heterotopic Ossification Mimicking Acute Arthritis After Neurologic Catastrophes

Author Affiliations

From the Veterans Administration Hospital and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(5):619-621. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630170043013

Three patients developed periarticular heterotopic new bone formation during the first two months after a CNS disorder. In each patient warmth, swelling, and tenderness around one or two joints initially resembled severe arthritis. Diagnosis was aided by roentgenograms of the involved areas that showed the ossification. While no treatment has been clearly demonstrated to interrupt the ossification and resultant contracture, a course of cautious physical therapy and antiinflammatory medication is probably indicated.

(Arch Intern Med 137:619-621, 1977)

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