Heterotopic ossification around the elbow following burns in children: Results after excision

Alok Gaur, Marc Sinclair, Enzo Caruso, Giuseppe Peretti, David Zaleske

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Background: Major burn injuries close to joints alter the function of the musculoskeletal system through tissue loss and limitation of joint motion. In children with involvement of the hand, wrist, and forearm, restriction of elbow motion secondary to heterotopic ossification following a burn injury severely limits the function of the upper extremity. The purpose of this study was to review elbow function following excision of heterotopic ossification around the elbow in children. Methods: Eight children (ten elbows) from a population of 3245 consecutive patients who were admitted to our pediatric burn center were found to have severe heterotopic ossification of the elbow, leading to an inability to reach the mouth for feeding and the head and the perineum for self-care. Excision of the heterotopic ossification was undertaken if the patient had this limitation of function and if movement was restricted to a total are of motion of

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1538-1543
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery


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