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Heterotopic ossification in combat amputees
from Afghanistan and Iraq wars: Five case histories and results from a small series of patients

Ted Melcer, PhD, et al.


Figure 4. Radiograph showing specific location of heterotopic ossification (HO), medial distal spur, following an elective transtibial amputation for case history 3. HO continued to cause limited pain during high-level activities but did not interfere with most day-to-day functioning.

Heterotopic ossification (HO) is extra bone growth often caused by serious injuries from explosions. HO occurs in amputated limbs of soldiers injured in combat. It causes symptoms such as pain and interferes with walking with a prosthesis. This research described HO in 27 combat amputees. About one-third of patients had HO symptoms in amputated limbs, but X-rays showed HO in 15 of 25 amputated limbs. Of the 15 patients who had HO, 5 did not report any symptoms or problems. We summarized HO experiences of five patients, describing how HO interfered with walking in some cases but not in others.


Volume 48 Number 1, 2011
   Pages 1 — 12

This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Melcer T, Belnap B, Walker GJ, Konoske P, Galarneau M. Heterotopic ossification in combat amputees from Afghanistan and Iraq wars: Five case histories and results from a small series of patients. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2011; 48(1):1-12.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2010.03.0033
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