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Heterotopic ossification encasing a plombage cavity
  1. Sarah G Watson,
  2. Simon L F Walsh
  1. Department of Radiology, St George's Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sarah G Watson, Department of Radiology, St George's Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT, UK; sarahwats{at}

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An 80-year-old patient presented with a chronic right sided chest wall sinus discharging pus. The patient had undergone an ipsilateral thoracoplasty and Lucite ball plombage for the treatment of tuberculosis in 1955, and the sinus was known to communicate with a plombage cavity. Until this presentation the sinus was uncomplicated, occasionally discharging clear fluid and a conservative approach to management was adopted. At this presentation, however, the discharge was culture positive for Staphylococcus aureus. Removal of the Lucite balls …

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