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An unusual case of bilateral myositis ossificans in a young athlete

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Bleakley , Chris M, Glasgow, Philip, Black, Michael and Minion, David (2009) An unusual case of bilateral myositis ossificans in a young athlete. BMJ Publishing Group , 3 pp, DOI: 10.1136/bcr.07.2008.0381 [Internet publication]

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DOI: 10.1136/bcr.07.2008.0381


This case report describes the occurrence of bilateral myositis ossificans in the rectus femoris muscles of a young Gaelic football player with a long history of recurrent bilateral thigh strain. In each case, clinical diagnosis was followed up with biochemical profiling and sonographic investigations. Management consisted of rest from elite level competition and intense rehabilitation to address any potential risk factors for rectus femoris strain. A 4-week course of acetic acid iontophoresis was administered to the first myositis ossificans lesion on the left thigh; however, as this did not result in any significant changes to the lesion’s dimensions, it was not used on the contralateral lesion. The athlete returned to full sporting capacity 4 months after the first lesion was diagnosed. A 13-month follow-up showed that the athlete continued to play to full capacity with no recurrence of injury.

Item Type:Internet publication
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:7600
Deposited By:Dr Chris Bleakley
Deposited On:27 Jan 2010 15:34
Last Modified:09 Nov 2012 12:28

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