Ulnar nerve compression by heterotopic ossification in a head-injured patient

Stanley F. Wainapel, P. Uma Rao, Anthony A. Schepsis

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Although heterotopic ossification (HO) at the elbow is a frequent occurrence following head injury, nerve compression by heterotopic bone is quite rare. We report the case of a 22-year-old woman with head injury and well-documented HO at the left elbow who developed signs and symptoms of an ulnar neuropathy four months after her original injury. Electrodiagnostic studies confirmed the presence of a severe ulnar nerve lesion at the level of the elbow. Anterior transposition of the left ulnar nerve showed the nerve to have been compressed by heterotopic bone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)512-514
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1985
Externally publishedYes


  • Elbow joint
  • Head injuries
  • Ossification, pathologic
  • Ulnar nerve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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