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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-48

Preoperative three-dimensional printing for surgical stabilization of rib fractures


1 Department of Surgery, Song-Shan Branch; Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
2 Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ying-Yi Chen
Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital, No. 325, Section 2, Cheng-Kung Road, Taipei 114
ROC
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jmedsci.jmedsci_77_17

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Pulmonary trauma is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with major trauma. Chest wall contusion with rib fracture is very common. Surgical stabilization of rib fracture (SSRF) has traditionally required an exploratory thoracotomy for adequate exposure. Minimally invasive approaches for SSRF are now being developed. However, preoperative localization of rib fractures and intraoperative designing of titanium plates require additional time. We present a novel technique involving three-dimensional printing for promoting SSRF with a minimally invasive approach that is efficient and provides good patient outcomes.


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