Heterotopic ossification: A review of current understanding, treatment, and future

Dafydd S. Edwards*, Kevin M. Kuhn, Benjamin K. Potter, Jonathan A. Forsberg

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Heterotopic ossification is the formation of bone at extraskeletal sites. The incidence of heterotopic ossification in military amputees from recent operations in Iraq and Afghanistan has been demonstrated to be as high as 65%. Heterotopic ossification poses problems to wound healing, rehabilitation, and prosthetic fitting. This article details the current evidence regarding its etiology, prevention, management, and research strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S27-S30
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Amputee
  • Blast injury
  • Heterotopic ossification
  • Military


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