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J R Soc Med. 1981 September; 74(9): 653–655.
PMCID: PMC1438876

Ossification in abdominal scars1


Three cases of heterotopic ossification in abdominal scars are presented. The aetiology and pathogenesis of this condition are discussed with reference to the literature. Awareness of its occurrence will prevent anxiety and unnecessary investigations. When symptomatic, the treatment is local excision with or without local irradiation.

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