Intraabdominal Heterotopic Ossification after appendectomy ...
中華放射醫誌 Chin J Radiol 2010; 35: 67-70 67
Intraabdominal Heterotopic Ossification
after appendectomy Mimicking Undescended
Testicular Tumor: a rare case report and
R u ey-S heng C h ang1,4 I-L I L I n1 P I -C he C hen 2 J Ian -D e W u 3
Department of Medical Imaging1, Department of Urology2, Department of Pathology3, Chia-Yi Christian Hospital
Chang Gung Institute of Technology4, Chia-Yi Campus
Intraabdominal heterotopic ossif ication is a Heterotopic ossification (HO) is the abnormal
rare sequela of abdominal surgery or trauma. for mation of tr ue bone within extraskeletal soft
Only a few previous reports have been described tissues. Classically, many diseases shar ing this
in the literature. Here, we report the case of a com mon feat ure were lumped into the categor y
20-year-old man who underwent appendectomy 3 myositis ossificans; however, the term has fallen into
years ago and experinced this condition. Initially, disfavor because primary muscle inflammation is not
he presented with right undescended testis with a necessary precursor for such ossification and the
a palpable mass in the r ight lower abdomen. ossification does not always occur in muscle tissue.
Plain radiography and computed tomographic The term HO has largely replaced myositis ossifi-
imaging showed peripheral calcified soft tissue cans in the literature .
mass. Explorative laparotomy for excision was Mature HO closely resembles normal bone both
performed and heterotopic ossification was diag- histologically and radiologically, and thus it differs
nosed by pathologic findings. The characteristic from dystrophic calcification in soft tissues, in which
imaging features of this rare entity are discussed there is no osteoblastic activity or lamellar bone.
and the literature are reviewed. Heterotopic ossification has been reported in the
context of several conditions—most notably total hip
arthroplasty and neurologic injuries [2, 3]. However,
intraabdominal HO is a rare sequela of abdominal
surgery or trauma and of unknown etiology. Here,
we present a patient who experienced intraabdominal
HO after appendectomy.
A 20 year-old-young man presented with right
undescended testis during a military health examina-
tion. No previous trauma was reported but he had
a history of an appendectomy 3 years ago. Physical
examination revealed one painless palpable mass in
the right lower quadrant (RLQ) of the abdomen and
nonpalpable right testis at right scrotum and inguinal
Reprint requests to: Dr. Ruey-Sheng Chang area. Laboratory findings were within normal limit.
Department of Medical Imaging, Chia-Yi Christian Plain radiography of the abdomen demonstrated
Hospital. a large rim-calcified lesion in the RLQ area (Fig. 1).
No. 539, Jhongsiao Road, Chiayi 600, Taiwan, Computed tomography of the abdomen identified a
R.O.C. large peripheral mineralized soft tissue mass with
central puntate calcifications (Fig. 2). On the basis of
68 Intraabdominal heterotopic ossification
Figure 2. Unenhanced computed tomography reveals
large rim-calciﬁed mass (arrows) in the RLQ mesentery
with central mineralization (black arrowhead).
Figure 1. Twenty-year-old man with undescened testis
with palpable RLQ mass. Abdominal radiography shows
large oval peripheral radiopaque mass lesion (arrows) in
the right lower abdomen.
the clinical history and radiolographic findings, the
preoperative diagnosis of an undescended testicular
tumor in the RLQ was suggested. An exploratory
laparotomy for t u mor excision was per for med.
Macrosopic examination of the resected specimen
revealed a 7.5 × 6 × 4.5 cm 3 whitish f ir m mass. Figure 3. Microscopically, ﬁbroadipose tissue with ossﬁ-
Microscopically the tumor was composed of fibroadi- cation, calciﬁcation and fat necrosis is seen.
pose tissue with ossification and calcification (Fig. 3).
and connective tissue.
Heterotopic ossiﬁcationis an uncommon condi- It is quite unusual to see this process in the
tion and is characterized by new bone formation in mesentery and fewer than 20 cases of heterotopic
a tissue that does not usually undergo ossiﬁcation. mesenteric ossification (HMO) are described in the
Several mechanisms have been described, but the English literature [1, 4]. HMO was ﬁrst reported in
exact etiology is not clear. HO is usually a benign a 55-year-old man by Hansen et al in 1983 . The
condition and the main challenge is to differentiate patient exhibited symptoms of small bowel obstruc-
it from other conditions. When HO occurs intraab- tion 2 weeks after he had a coloproctectomy for
dominally, however, this condition may have life- ulcerative colitis. He was found to have widespread
threatening complications. Multiple cases of HO intraabdominal ﬁbrous adhesions and nodules of
after abdominal surgery or trauma are reported. It is heterotopic bone in the mesentery. His course was
conﬁned to the operative incision, adjacent muscle, complicated by abscess formation, ﬁstula formation,
Intraabdominal heterotopic ossification 69
and protracted gastrointestinal dysfunction. undergone malignant degeneration.
In reviewing the literature, the vast majority In conclusion, intraabdominal HO is a ver y
of cases involved adult men whose most common rare entity. It can easily be misdiagnosed and may
presentation was bowel obst r uction [5-7]. Both lead to serious complications. Nevertheless, in the
trauma and abdominal surgery have been consis- differential diagnosis of intraabdominal densities
t e nt ly id e nt i f ie d a s a nt e c e d e nt s t o H MO . after abdominal surgery or trauma, HO should be
Fortunately, our patient didn’t experienced signifi- considered. It should be distinguished from dystro-
cant symptoms of bowel obstruction. phic calcification and ossifying neoplasm.
T he mechan ism for i nt ra-abdom i nal HO is
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The recognition of HO is important because of
its propensity to recur and cause bowel obstruction
. Treatments that have been suggested to decrease
regrowth include anti-inf lammatory medications,
disphosphonates, and radiotherapy [7, 12] We were
unable to find any cases documented in the literature
in which intraabdominal heterotopic ossification has
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