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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-62

Rescue re-do inline osteosynthesis with wire cerclage for failed rib plating of multilevel rib nonunion

1 Department of Family Medicine, Jefferson Health, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA
2 Department of Surgery, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, USA
3 Department of Surgery, Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, Ohio, USA
4 Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Roman Petrov
Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jctt.jctt_13_19

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Rib nonunion is a rare occurrence that requires surgical management and has a high rate of failure that may necessitate repeated intervention. We present the case of successful rescue redo repair of previously failed plating of chronic nonunion for multilevel posterior rib fractures, reinforced by wire cerclage of the osteosynthesis plate. Our objective is to illustrate the feasibility of repeated interventions, and the technique to resolve this challenging problem.

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