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An original technique for surgical stabilisation of traumatic flail chest.
  1. V Beltrami,
  2. G Martinelli,
  3. P Giansante,
  4. K Gentile


    The treatment of chest wall injuries with severe paradoxical movement remains controversial. Intermittent positive-pressure respiration may be appropriate, but in some, especially those requiring exploratory thoracotomy for a visceral lesion, surgical fixation is desirable. We present a simple method using two or three stainless Kirschner wires placed in the chest wall. Results in five cases have been good.

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