Open reduction and internal fixation of a chronic precordial flail chest segment: a case report Journal Article uri icon
  • CASE: We report on a 35-year-old man presenting with disabling pain secondary to multiple rib nonunions and a costochondral dislocation 5 months after sustaining a chest wall crush injury. He underwent surgical reconstruction of the chest and was followed for 2 years. Surgical exposure to the heart was necessary during open reduction of the flail segment, followed by costochondral joint fixation with plates and screws. Although he was a workers' compensation patient, he returned to full gainful employment. CONCLUSION: Open reduction and internal fixation of a symptomatic, chronically displaced, precordial, flail segment can relieve pain and promote return to baseline function.

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    publication date
  • 2023
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  • Fractures
  • Injuries
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain
  • Radiography
  • Ribs
  • Surgery
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