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An unusual case of flail chest: surgical repair using Marlex mesh.
  1. A G Heriot,
  2. F C Wells
  1. Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK.


The case history is presented of a patient with neurofibromatosis with a chest wall defect present from birth. Abnormal rib development had resulted in a flail segment with painful paradoxical movement and unsightly costal cartilage protrusion. Chest wall reconstruction using Marlex mesh resulted in an excellent cosmetic and functional repair.

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