Bones a painful re­sult of burns

Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION -

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.

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