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sysadmin July 9th, 2004 07:52

BONE SCAN: Elderly man with left hip pain after recent surgery
 
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This elderly gentleman has a history of previous left hip pinning approximately 1.5 months ago for possible pathologic fracture. Concern from the referring surgeon is possible pelvic fracture or pin loosening. There is a question of a recent fall, but the history from the family and the nursing home conflict. What is your diagnosis?

sysadmin July 9th, 2004 10:24

Re: BONE SCAN: Elderly man with left hip pain and recent fall
 
heterotopic calcification, arising either idiopathically or as a result of small bone fragments in the soft tissues from either the recent fracture or from small bone chips getting into the soft tissues during surgery. X-rays may or may not show the heterotopic calcification. A repeat x-ray in two or three months may be helpful; by this time it may show the heterotopic calcification.

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