Reoperative surgical stabilization of a painful nonunited rib fracture using bone grafting and a metal plate

Yang Hyun Cho, Hyun Koo Kim, Du Young Kang, Young Ho Choi

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Abstract

We report a case of a nonunited sixth rib in a patient with multiple rib fractures who underwent internal fixation using a wire and Judet strut 3 times. During the following 3 years, the patient continued to complain of pain and instability. At surgery, a pseudarthrosis between the ends of the sixth rib was excised. A longitudinal gutter crossing the fracture site was fashioned and splinted with an inlay block of cancellous bone grafted from the iliac crest; stabilization was accomplished with a reconstruction plate and screws. The following 2 years of follow-up demonstrated no instability or pain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-606
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sep

Keywords

  • Bone graft
  • Fracture
  • Nonunion
  • Rib

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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