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
Figure 1.


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).


1. What is heterotopic ossification?

2. What causes heterotopic ossification?

3. What is the standard method of diagnosis?

4. What is the preferred man .......