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Limitations of Rib Fixation for Chest Wall Reconstruction

Surgical rib fixation in the setting of flail chest has proven benefits, while surgical fixation of non-flail fractures is controversial. Chest wall reconstruction with rib fixation techniques can improve pain, preserve breathing mechanics and prevent complications from lung herniation. However, there are limitations to this technique. With this case report, we describe plate fracture and screw migration after attempting to reconstruct a chronic chest wall defect.


Cherie P Erkmen and Mengyi Zha

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