Mono-articular idiopathic heterotopic ossification in a Coronavirus infected patient admitted in the intensive care unit


Heterotopic ossification; Coronavirus; ventral decubitus; systemic inflammatory reaction

Published online: May 03 2022

Colette Minjauw, Delphine Wautier, Meni Mundama

From the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Brussels


Heterotopic ossification (HO) designates a bone tissue formation within an atypical anatomical location and is commonly diagnosed in patients whom have suffered major traumas. The following case report presents a non-traumatic source of HO. A causality is deduced between the HO formation and an important inflammatory reaction originating from a Coronavirus infection. In contrast to other studies not only is the source non traumatic but the HO formation is unilateral. In systemic inflammatory reactions vigilance towards HO should be enhanced especially in patients treated during prolonged periods of time in intensive care units (ICU).