Heterotopic ossification of the abdominal wall

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INTRODUCTION: Heterotopic ossification is a rare, benign condition which occurs when bone develops in tissues that do not normally ossify. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We herein report the case of a 73-year-old gentleman who underwent a laparotomy for a large splenic flexure tumour considered unresectable at initial intervention. Following delivery of chemotherapy, he was referred for a second opinion and the tumour with adjacent structures was removed at a subsequent laparotomy. A segment of abnormal hard tissue present in the abdominal wall was also excised. Histopathology revealed metaplastic bone deposition. DISCUSSION: Heterotopic ossification may occur at various sites and is a recognised but exceedingly infrequent sequela of abdominal surgery. CONCLUSION: This case highlights clinical, aetiological and histopathological features of this rare finding. © 2012 Surgical Associates Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.




Hogan, N. M., Caffrey, E., Curran, S., Sheehan, M., & Joyce, M. R. (2012). Heterotopic ossification of the abdominal wall. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 3(10), 489–491. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijscr.2012.06.004

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