A unique chest wall splint for unilateral agenesis of ribs

J Pediatr Surg. 1987 Dec;22(12):1129-31. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3468(87)80722-4.


Unilateral agenesis of ribs with a "lung hernia," may cause severe respiratory distress in a neonate. Our experience with the use of a temporary external chest splint for stabilization of the congenital flail chest in one patient is presented. The device facilitated extubation and allowed the infant to grow prior to future surgical reconstruction.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Flail Chest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Orthopedic Fixation Devices
  • Ribs / abnormalities*
  • Splints*
  • Thoracic Injuries / therapy*