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The four columns of the thorax - operative decision making in the setting of complete bony instability.

Thoracic skeletal injury is a common outcome of motor vehicle accidents. Skeletal reconstruction is guided by anatomic and physiologic variables dictated by the injury complex. Herein, we describe a report of a patient who sustained complex trauma to the thorax leading to complete thoracic dissociation. Clinical and operative decision making is discussed to inform the reader of a proposed ordered protocol and considerations for operative intervention and reconstruction.

Citation: 

Lebhar, Michael S., Albert Anastasio, Joseph S. Fernandez-Moure, and Adam Shiroff. “The four columns of the thorax - operative decision making in the setting of complete bony instability.” Ann Thorac Surg, July 14, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.05.094.

Published Date: 
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Published In: 
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
PMID: 
32679094