A unique chest wall splint for unilateral agenesis of ribs

Deborah S. Loeff*, Mark I. Greenwald, Stewart C. Young, Mark A. Hoffman, Riccardo A. Superina

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Unilateral agenesis of ribs with a "lung hernia," may cause severe respiratory distress in a neonate. Our experience with the use of a temporary external chest splint for stabilization of the congenital flail chest in one patient is presented. The device facilitated extubation and allowed the infant to grow prior to future surgical reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1129-1131
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of pediatric surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1987


  • "lung hernia"
  • Agenesis of ribs
  • congenital flail chest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery


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