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Thoracoscopy-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgical Stabilization of the Anterolateral Flail Chest Using Nuss Bars

Authors
Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
97
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.08.066

Abstract

Flail chest is caused by complex fractures of multiple ribs as a result of severe chest injuries, which results in paradoxical chest movements that severely compromise respiratory function. We report our experience of thoracoscopically assisted, minimally invasive surgical stabilization of massive anterolateral flail chest using a Nuss bar in three patients. This technique offers effective stabilization while having the advantages of short surgical time, minimal blood loss, less trauma, quicker recovery, and small and inconspicuous incisions.

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