Published Online: 1 January 1983
Page Count: 8
Deputy medical examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, DC
Director, Surgical Critical Care Services, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
(Received 9 April 1982; accepted 4 May 1982)
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