Reconstruction of Complex Chest Wall Defects
Traumatic chest wall defects represent a formidable challenge for the reconstructive surgeon. Injury may require the repair of viscera, skeleton and soft tissue. Furthermore, injury may be extensive enough to eliminate many local tissue options for reconstruction by damaging nearby skin, fascia and muscle. Finally, infection and cardiopulmonary compromise may complicate the pre-operative and post-operative course of the patient, as well as the viability of the reconstruction.
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