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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
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MAGOBOTHA, SK; HOOSEN, E  and  TSHIDIBI, D. A rare case of myositis ossificans and Guillain-Barré syndrome. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.3, pp.66-71. ISSN 2309-8309.

Myositis ossificans is a common condition following trauma to muscles in and around bone and major joints. Myositis ossificans which occurs spontaneously, has also been well described where the aetiology is unknown or where it is hypothesised that repetitive trivial trauma is the cause. Although myositis ossificans has been associated with neurological complications following head injuries and spinal injuries, it has never been associated with patients diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. A case report is presented where a patient who had an acute onset of Guillain-Barré syndrome developed myositis ossificans in multiple areas around the major joints while still on a ventilator in the intensive care unit.

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