Evaluation and operative technique to repair isolated sternal fractures

J. Ernesto Molina

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A series of 12 patients with traumatic sternal fractures without internal organ injury are reported to have had their fractures repaired with a standard operative technique that has proved to be effective up to 17 years of follow-up. Although sternal fractures are often seen in emergency departments of trauma centers, rarely are they recommended for correction. Often patients experience physical deformity, chronic pain, and abnormal physical habits. A standard operative technique is proposed with highly satisfactory results. Thoracic surgeons should be familiar with this problem and with available standard methods to correct it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-448
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2005

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