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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 97-100

Heterotopic ossification in a patient with cervical spinal cord injury and ankylosing spondylitis: The consequences of the late diagnosis

Spinal Injury Unit, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, England, UK

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Dr. Celine Lakra
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Brockley Hill, Stanmore HA7 4LP
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jisprm.jisprm_20_20

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Patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are at an 11-fold greater risk of vertebral fracture, with higher mortality and morbidity rates than the general spinal cord injury (SCI) population. We present the case of a patient with established AS who suffered from a cervical SCI. Following admission to a specialist spinal injury rehabilitation unit, he was diagnosed with severe established heterotopic ossification (HO) and spasticity. The key considerations required to manage a case of significant disability in the rehabilitation setting are outlined. The need for earlier diagnosis of HO to prevent progression and associated complications is discussed.

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