(Received 9 April 1982; accepted 4 May 1982)
Published Online: January
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During emergency thoracotomy, an artifactual injury complex consisting of laceration, abrasion, and, rarely, contusion may be formed by application of a surgical instrument called a rib spreader. Six cases demonstrating this confusing injury are presented, and its formation is discussed.
Deputy medical examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, DC
Director, Surgical Critical Care Services, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
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