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Volumetric muscle loss leads to permanent disability following extremity trauma

Benjamin T. Corona, PhD, et al.

Volumetric muscle loss (VML) is the traumatic or surgical loss of skeletal muscle with a resultant functional impairment. Although the traumatic injuries experienced by wounded servicemembers often cause a large degree of soft-tissue damage, the contribution of VML is not known. Patients unable to return to duty because of a tibia fracture or for various other reasons were examined to better understand the contribution of VML to their disability. We found that failing to adequately address soft-tissue deficits results in persistent muscle weakness that can play a large part in poor outcomes following injury. The results also suggest that VML can contribute significantly to a servicemember's disability and that developing therapies to address VML has the potential to fill a significant void in the care of patients with this disability.

Volume 52 Number 7, 2015
   Pages 785 — 792

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Corona BT, Rivera JC, Owens JG, Wenke JC, Rathbone CR. Volumetric muscle loss leads to permanent disability following extremity trauma. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2015; 52(7):785–92.

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