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Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2001 Feb;30(2):152-4.

Myositis ossificans after a supracondylar fracture of the humerus in a child.

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Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, USA.


Myositis Ossificans After a Supracondylar Fracture of the Humerus in a Child. In addition to the better known complications of supracondylar humerus fractures, myositis ossificans is often listed as a less common complication. This complication is extremely rare in children and historically has been attributed to high-energy trauma, manipulation, surgical intervention, aggressive passive range-of-motion exercises, or associated head injury. We present a case report of a 3-year-old girl who developed myositis ossificans after a low-energy supracondylar fracture of the humerus despite having been treated without manipulation, surgery, or physical therapy. This report illustrates that supracondylar humerus fractures can be complicated by myositis ossificans despite the best attempts at prevention.

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