Bones a painful result of burns
AS if recovering from burns was not bad enough, a rare and painful condition that grows bones where bones should not be is making it worse for some patients. Heterotopic Ossification (HO) affects less than 5 per cent of burns survivors but causes an abnormal growth of additional bone anywhere.
Notre Dame researcher Nichola Foster said she had conducted a study into HO and was surprised to find there were no clinical guidelines in place to ensure patients received the best treatment possible.
“One case involved a 25-yearold man who had HO in both his knees, elbows, fingers and both shoulders and the condition has left him with the inability to complete basic tasks, such as getting dressed, brushing his teeth and putting on sunglasses,” she said. Health professionals must be proactive in the identification of high risk patients.
Researcher Nichola Foster.