Non-traumatic myositis ossificans in the paraspinal muscles

  • Sven Saussez
  • Catherine Blaivie
  • Marc Lemort
  • Gilbert Chantrain


Myositis ossificans circumscripta (MOC) is a benign condition of heterotopic bone formation that remains difficult to distinguish from soft-tissue and bone malignancies. We describe an unusual case of non-traumatic MOC in the cervical paraspinal muscle. The diagnosis could only be established after surgery and histological examination. We present a review of the literature on this subject and discuss some related features (radiological and histological).


Myositis ossificans Head and neck Soft-tissue tumor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sven Saussez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Catherine Blaivie
    • 1
  • Marc Lemort
    • 3
  • Gilbert Chantrain
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck SurgeryHôpital Saint-Pierre, Université Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of AnatomyUniversity of Mons-Hainaut Faculty of Medicine and PharmacyMonsBelgium
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyInstitut Bordet, Université Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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