Operative stabilization of a flail chest six years after injury

Matthew Slater, John C. Mayberry, Donald Trunkey

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    Abstract

    We report a case of operative stabilization of an incompetent upper chest wall 6 years following flail chest. The indications for stabilization were chronic pain and dyspnea associated with rib malunion and loss of hemithorax volume. At operation, multiple pseudoarthroses were encountered and partial resection of ribs three and four was required. Malleable plates were used to bridge the gaps created by the resection and were secured in place with sternal wire. The patient reported a dramatic relief of symptoms and, at 18 months postoperatively, continues to work full-time on his cattle ranch essentially pain-free.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)600-601
    Number of pages2
    JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
    Volume72
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2001

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    Flail Chest
    Ribs
    Pseudarthrosis
    Wounds and Injuries
    Thoracic Wall
    Chronic Pain
    Dyspnea

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    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
    • Surgery

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    Operative stabilization of a flail chest six years after injury. / Slater, Matthew; Mayberry, John C.; Trunkey, Donald.

    In: Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Vol. 72, No. 2, 2001, p. 600-601.

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