JONAS H. COHEN, M.D.
Heterotopic bone formation following suprapubic prostatectomy is a clear-cut disorder combining a typical history with certain unvarying physical, roentgenologic and histologic findings. Previous reports on this subject have been published almost exclusively in surgical and urologic journals. Since the internist also encounters this rare complication of surgical procedures, it is pertinent that the entity of vicarious bone formation be called to his attention.
The disorder is characterized by development of a flat, bony-hard mass in an incisional site weeks, months or years following prostatectomy or occasionally other surgical procedures. It is usually symptomatic, but not invariably so. The calcific
COHEN JH. HETEROTOPIC BONE FORMATION FOLLOWING SUPRAPUBIC PROSTATECTOMY: REPORT OF A CASE AND REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE1. Ann Intern Med. ;51:166–172. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-51-1-166
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1959;51(1):166-172.
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