Published Online: 1 January 1983
Page Count: 8
Rib Spreader Laceration: A Confusing Artifact of Emergency Thoracotomy
Deputy medical examiner,
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,
Surgical Critical Care Services, Washington Hospital Center,
(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.
pathology and biology, rib spreader, thoracotomy, injuries, artifacts
Paper ID: JFS12260J
Title Rib Spreader Laceration: A Confusing Artifact of Emergency Thoracotomy
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