Rib Spreader Laceration: A Confusing Artifact of Emergency Thoracotomy

    Volume 28, Issue 1 (January 1983)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 January 1983

    Page Count: 8


    Dixon, DS
    Deputy medical examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, DC

    Champion, HR
    Director, Surgical Critical Care Services, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

    (Received 9 April 1982; accepted 4 May 1982)

    Abstract

    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.


    Paper ID: JFS12260J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12260J

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    Title Rib Spreader Laceration: A Confusing Artifact of Emergency Thoracotomy
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    Committee E30