Early removal of periarticular ossifications in patients with head injury.

B. Frischhut, G. Stockhammer, L. Saltuari, R. Kadletz, P. Bramanti

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Heterotopic ossifications are a well known but serious complication in patients suffering severe head injury. Their prevalence varies between 10% and 20%. The current concept of surgery recommends removal after "maturation" of the new developed bone because of a suspected higher rate of recurrence. The observations of early operations in 6 patients and 9 joints led us to the conclusion that the disadvantages of long lasting joint stiffness and the according complications outweigh the danger of recurrence. In our patients recurrence was observed in one subject and even there recurrence was most probably the result of wound infection and concomitant osteomyelitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-122
Number of pages9
JournalActa Neurologica
Volume15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Early removal of periarticular ossifications in patients with head injury.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Frischhut, B., Stockhammer, G., Saltuari, L., Kadletz, R., & Bramanti, P. (1993). Early removal of periarticular ossifications in patients with head injury. Acta Neurologica, 15(2), 114-122.