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Myositis Ossificans

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Anatomy: Musculoskeletal
Joseph Junewick, MD FACR
Diagnostic Category: Trauma
Created: over 10 years ago
Updated: over 10 years ago
Tags: PEDS
Modality/Study Types: CR US
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Teenager with anterior mid-thigh pain.

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Myositis Ossificans


US – Disordered echogenicity of vatus intermedius muscle. Note the normal echogenicity of the overlying rectus femoris muscle. (US was ordered to rule-out deep venous thrombosis; no DVT was seen).

CR – Radiographic examination obtained 6 weeks after the onset of symptoms demonstrates linear calcification in the deep thigh musculature.


Myositis ossificans is a benign, self-limiting, solitary lesion. The pathogenesis is unknown; often there is no history of antecedent trauma and inflammation is absent on histological evaluation.

Symptoms include: pain, tenderness and mass/swelling. Mytositis ossificans most often occurs in young adults while it is rare in children (preteens). Most lesions involve the larger muscles of the extremities. Surgical excision is curative.

Initial imaging is often normal. Faint calcifications may be present by 2 weeks and circumscribed calcified mass is evident by 6-8 weeks. Most lesions are deep and adjacent but separate from the periosteum. Mineralization occurs from the periphery inward. US may show disorganization of the muscle fascicles and swelling. As the lesion matures, peripheral calcification becomes visible.


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