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Thoracic fractures 

Thoracic fractures
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Thoracic fractures
Author(s):

Christopher J. Dare

and Evan M. Davies

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.012042
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date: 14 November 2019

Thoracic fractures are associated with severe trauma in young patients

Multiple injuries are common

Early fixation of unstable injuries is recommended to prevent neurological deterioration

Almost all surgery best carried out posteriorly

Long implants can be used

Anterior reconstruction may be required where the anterior column is deficient.

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