Article Abstract

Chest wall stabilization and rib plating in 15-year-old male adolescent after blunt thoracic trauma

Authors: Dennis W. Ashley, Andrew Drahos, Michael Fitzgerald, D. Benjamin Christie III


Rib fractures after blunt trauma to the chest wall are a very common injury in adults, but are less often encountered in the pediatric population due to the bony compliance of the pediatric chest wall (1). Rib fractures carry morbidity and mortality risks, and can lead to long-term disabilities, prolonged narcotic use, pneumonia, respiratory difficulties while complicating the rehabilitation of other injuries.