Fixation of sternal fracture using absorbable plating system, three years follow-up

Khalil Ahmad, Niels Katballe, Hans Pilegaard


Sternal fractures occur due to severe chest wall trauma in a small number of patients. They are often conservatively treated. The surgical intervention, although controversial, is indicated in case of deformity, severe pain, and ventilatory complications. We report the first case where absorbable plate has been used to fix a traumatic fracture in a 42-year-old female. After 3 years, the patient is still free of symptoms and CT scanning reveals intact sternal bone structure.