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Revista Cubana de Cirugía

versión impresa ISSN 0034-7493versión On-line ISSN 1561-2945


MARTINEZ CABRERA, Jorge; RODRIGUEZ RODRIGUEZ, Ibrahim  y  MENDEZ CATASUS, Roberto. Fijación del tórax batiente con alambres de Kirschner: Quince años de experiencia. Rev Cubana cir [online]. 2000, vol.39, n.2, pp.124-130. ISSN 0034-7493.

With the objective of finding out the main epidemiological and clinical features and of evaluating a new method of treatment, we made a study on 54 patients admitted to "Dr Carlos J. Finlay" Military Hospital from january 1984 to December 1998, who had been diagnosed with flail chest and applied the stabilization of the rib wall with Kirschmer wires. The flail chest was most frequent in males aged 40-50 years fundamentally due to traffic accidents. There was high correlation between flail chest and other thoracic and extra-thoracic injures that affected mortality. Deaths (25%) were mainly related with serious cranioencephalic traumas. Stabilization of rib wall using Kirschmer wires were possible in 52 patients without any significant complications. This proved the advantages of this method over the others

Palabras clave : FLAIL CHEST [surgery]; BONE WIRES; FRACTURE FIXATION [methods].

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