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Review
. 2011 Jan 5;93(1):97-110.
doi: 10.2106/JBJS.I.00696.

Operative Treatment of Chest Wall Injuries: Indications, Technique, and Outcomes

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Operative Treatment of Chest Wall Injuries: Indications, Technique, and Outcomes

Paul M Lafferty et al. J Bone Joint Surg Am. .

Abstract

Most injuries to the chest wall with residual deformity do not result in long-term respiratory dysfunction unless they are associated with pulmonary contusion. Indications for operative fixation include flail chest, reduction of pain and disability, a chest wall deformity or defect, symptomatic nonunion, thoracotomy for other indications, and open fractures. Operative indications for chest wall injuries are rare.

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