Chest Wall Reconstruction with Precontoured Locking Plate Proof of Concept

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DOI: 10.4236/jct.2010.13021   PDF   HTML   XML   4,182 Downloads   7,708 Views  

Abstract

Complications after chest wall resection are common and are reported to occur in approximately 40% of patients. The most frequent complications are respiratory or wound complications. Restoring rib continuity after a resection is likely to prevent respiratory complications. However many patients remain painful after a reconstruction. This article describes a new technique using a titanium alloy precontoured locking plate and locking screws to reconstruct the chest wall after resection of the 7th rib on the left.

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E. Lodder and M. Elst, "Chest Wall Reconstruction with Precontoured Locking Plate Proof of Concept," Journal of Cancer Therapy, Vol. 1 No. 3, 2010, pp. 131-133. doi: 10.4236/jct.2010.13021.

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