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Surgical Stabilization of Severe Rib Fractures Decreases Incidence of Retained Hemothorax and Empyema

Thursday, October 1, 2015

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Source Name: American Journal of Surgery


Sarah Majercik, Sathya Vijayakumar, Griffin Olsen, Emily Wilson, Scott Gardner, Steven R. Granger, Don H. Van Boerum, Thomas W. White

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.

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