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Chest Wall Injury

  • Eileen M. Bulger
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Abstract

Elderly patients are at increased risk for chest wall injuries including rib and sternal fractures. In addition, these patients have increased morbidity and mortality related to these injuries when compared to younger patients. The purpose of this chapter is to review the current literature regarding the patterns of chest wall injury in the geriatric population, evaluate the factors contributing to worse outcome, and discuss injury prevention and management strategies for patients with these injuries.

Keywords

Epidural Analgesia Epidural Catheter Epidural Infusion Motor Vehicle Crash Flail Chest 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryHarborview Medical Center, University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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