Management of pulmonary hernia through a flail segment in closed thoracic trauma using open reduction, internal fixation and pectoralis major flap reconstruction: A case report

Lanier, Steven T.; Wetterau, Meredith; Smith-Singares, Eduardo; Bilfinger, Thomas; Vosswinkel, James; Shapiro, Marc J.; Dagum, Alexander B.
December 2011
Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery;Winter2011, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p145
Academic Journal
Case Study
The present article reports on the successful management of a large flail chest with traumatic pulmonary herniation in a patient who could not be weaned from mechanical ventilation following a course of conservative management. Surgical intervention involved open reduction and internal fixation with tubular plates to stabilize the flail segment, followed by a pectoralis major myocutaneous flap to repair the chest wall defect. Following surgical intervention, the patient was able to be weaned from mechanical ventilation and showed remarkable improvement in pulmonary function parameters. To the authors' knowledge, the present report is the first to describe the use of open reduction and internal fixation of the chest wall and flap reconstruction to treat lung herniation with a flail chest segment.


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