The effect of etidronate on late development of heterotopic ossification after spinal cord injury.

@article{Banovac2000TheEO,
  title={The effect of etidronate on late development of heterotopic ossification after spinal cord injury.},
  author={Kresimir Banovac},
  journal={The journal of spinal cord medicine},
  year={2000},
  volume={23 1},
  pages={40-4}
}
Forty patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and heterotopic ossification (HO) were treated with etidronate and followed after therapy to determine the effects of long-term medication on heterotopic bone formation. Eighteen patients had tetraplegia and 22 had paraplegia. Early diagnosis of HO (positive bone scintigraphy and negative radiographic findings of HO) was established by 3-phase bone scintigraphy using 99m technetium-labeled methylene diphosphonate. All patients underwent treatment… CONTINUE READING