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Thoracic fractures

Christopher J. Dare and Evan M. Davies

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.012042

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Thoracic fractures

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Thoracic fractures are associated with severe trauma in young patients

Multiple injuries are common

Early fixation of unstable injuries is recommended to prevent neurological deterioration

Almost all surgery best carried out posteriorly

Long implants can be used

Anterior reconstruction may be required where the anterior column is deficient.

Chapter.  3374 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Surgical Skills

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