J Korean Hip Soc.  2011 Jun;23(2):161-164. 10.5371/jkhs.2011.23.2.161.

Immature Heterotopic Ossification in the Iliacus Muscle in Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Cheonan Hospital, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Cheonan, Korea. kjbos@schmc.ac.kr


Heterotopic ossification (HO) is a frequent complication associated with spinal cord injury and can lead to significant problems during rehabilitation. Surgical resection of HO could be applied to patients who do not respond to conservative treatment. To reduce the risk of recurrence after the operation, radiation therapy and NSAID or bisphosphonate administration may be utilized. We report the case of a 48-year-old male with a T3-sparing spinal cord injury who underwent successful treatment of immature HO in the iliacus muscle with a combination of surgical resection, radiation therapy, and NSAID administration.


Iliacus muscle; Immature heterotopic ossification; Surgical resection
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