Surgical management of multiple painful rib nonunions in patient with a history of severe shoulder girdle trauma: a case report and literature review

J Orthop Trauma. 2009 Sep;23(8):600-4. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e3181a15e90.


The authors report painful nonunions after multiple rib fractures in a 50-year-old man who sustained a displaced scapula fracture and multiple ipsilateral rib fractures. The rib nonunions were reconstructed after an 11-month trial of nonoperative management, which was unsuccessful. The nonunions healed and symptoms completely resolved.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chest Pain / etiology*
  • Chest Pain / surgery*
  • Fractures, Malunited / complications*
  • Fractures, Malunited / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Rib Fractures / complications*
  • Rib Fractures / surgery*
  • Scapula / injuries*
  • Scapula / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome