Injuries to the Chest Wall

Diagnosis and Management

  • Michael D. McKee
  • Emil H. Schemitsch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Gerard P. Slobogean, David J. Stockton
    Pages 9-17
  3. Akhilesh Tiwari, Shalini Nair, Andrew Baker
    Pages 19-32
  4. Niloofar Dehghan
    Pages 33-40
  5. Shalini Nair, Akhilesh Tiwari, Andrew Baker
    Pages 41-51
  6. Michael Bottlang, William B. Long
    Pages 53-71
  7. Jaclyn Farquhar, S. Morad Hameed
    Pages 73-79
  8. S. Morad Hameed, Emilie Joos, James Bond
    Pages 101-117
  9. Justin A. Walker, Peter L. Althausen
    Pages 119-130
  10. Ryan Martin, Bernard Lawless, Patrick D. Henry, Aaron Nauth
    Pages 131-141
  11. Barbara Haas, Avery B. Nathens
    Pages 143-153
  12. Niloofar Dehghan
    Pages 155-161
  13. Peter A. Cole, Sara C. Graves, Lisa K. Schroder
    Pages 163-190
  14. Emil H. Schemitsch, Zachary Morison
    Pages 191-200
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 201-205

About this book


Up-to-date and multidisciplinary, this text brings together all of the latest research and clinical treatment strategies for the management of injuries to the chest wall and rib cage. The management of trauma to the chest wall, especially “flail chest” injuries, has been relatively stagnant for many years. Non-operative treatment has been the standard of care, and despite some advances, has reached the point where there is little new to offer a severely traumatized patient. However, recently, there has been a dramatic increase in the interest in surgical fixation of unstable chest wall injuries. Specifically, plate or intramedullary nail fixation of multiple rib fractures has rapidly become the state-of-the-art in many trauma centers, and there have multiple research papers, reviews, new fixation devices, and instructional courses at national level meetings on this topic. This book assembles a diverse group of experts in the field—orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, anesthetists, basic science researchers—to produce the definitive work on this topic that will appeal to a wide variety of medical practitioners.


Chest trauma Chest wall injury Diaphragmatic injury Flail chest Intermedullary nail fixation Intramedullary splint Plate fixation Pulmonary contusion Rib fixation Rib fracture Rib implant Unstable chest wall

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael D. McKee
    • 1
  • Emil H. Schemitsch
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Orthopedic SurgerySt. Michael's HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Division of Orthopedic SurgerySt. Michael's HospitalTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-18623-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-18624-5
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