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Surgical Stabilization of Severe Rib Fractures Decreases Incidence of Retained Hemothorax and Empyema
This single institution study evaluated patients with traumatic rib fracture treated with rib fixation vs medical management; patients were propensity score matched. RF pts experienced a lower incidence of re-intervention for retained hemothorax, a lower incidence of empyema, and a lower incidence of readmision.