ePlasty: Vol. 18
Heterotopic Ossification: A Late Complication From a Chemical Burn
Eric Clayman, MS,a Bahar Abbassi, MD,b Anthony W. Watt, MD,b and Wyatt G. Payne, MDb,c

aUniversity of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa; bDivision of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa; and cC. W. Bill Young Bay Pines VA Medical Center, Bay Pines, Fla


Correspondence: abbassi@health.usf.edu
Keywords: heterotopic ossification, burn, burn complications, bone tissue, burn reconstruction
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DESCRIPTION

A 70-year-old man with a history of napalm burn to the posterior torso that he sustained while serving in the military during the Vietnam War presented with a firm mass on his right flank. Three years prior to this presentation, he developed a similar lesion on his left flank that was excised, with pathology confirming a diagnosis of heterotopic ossification (HO).

QUESTIONS

1. What is heterotopic ossification?

2. What causes heterotopic ossification?

3. What is the standard method of diagnosis?

4. What is the preferred man .......