Submitted: 15 Jan 2020
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J Cardiovasc Thorac Res. 2021;13(2): 174-175.
doi: 10.34172/jcvtr.2020.58

Scopus ID: 85106514180
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Case Report

External flail chest stabilization; The simple, low-cost way

Efstratios Apostolakis 1, Nikolaos A Papakonstantinou 2* ORCID logo, Alexandra Liakopoulou 1, Serafeim Chlapoutakis 1

1 Cardiothoracic Surgery Department, University Hospital of Ioannina, School of Medicine, Ioannina, Greece
2 Cardiac Surgery Department, Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, Athens, Greece


Flail chest is a life-threatening clinical entity which can be complicated by respiratory insufficiency. Paradoxical motion of a part of chest wall is the basic cause to put the blame on. Consequently, stabilization of the chest wall is occasionally of paramount importance to achieve early extubation in a patient with post-trauma respiratory insufficiency. Hereby, a simple, low cost, harmless and effective approach of external stabilization is presented.
Keywords: Thoracic Trauma, Flail Chest, External Stabilization, Respiratory Insufficiency
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