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Ectopic bone formation causing chronic pubis symphysis pain: successful management with resection and pubic fusion
  1. Niki D Mofori1,
  2. George D Chloros1 and
  3. Peter V Giannoudis1,2
  1. 1Academic Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  2. 2NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Center, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Peter V Giannoudis; pgiannoudi{at}


Chronic musculoskeletal anterior pelvic pain may originate from a variety of different sources making the diagnosis difficult. Ectopic bone formation on the pubic symphysis is extremely rare and may cause significant disability. Reported herein is the case of a very active patient with symphysis pubis ectopic bone formation causing disability for more than 10 years. Resection of the ectopic bone combined with pubis symphysis fusion led to a successful outcome allowing the patient to return to his previous recreational activities.

  • orthopaedics
  • surgery
  • pain
  • musculoskeletal and joint disorders

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  • Contributors NDM: wrote manuscript, literature search. GDC: contributed to the writing of the manuscript. PVG: carried out the surgery and contributed to the final writing of the manuscript and oversaw the entire process

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.