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2020 Apr 21

Ann Thorac Surg

Minimally-invasive repair of adult slipped rib syndrome without costal cartilage excision.


Hansen AJ, Toker A, Hayanga J, Buenaventura P, Spear C, Abbas G
Ann Thorac Surg. 2020 Apr 21.
PMID: 32330472.


Slipped rib syndrome (SRS) is a painful disorder caused when one or more of the 8-10th false ribs become abnormally mobile. Established treatment modalities include analgesia, intercostal nerve injection, and costal cartilage excision. No definitive surgical correction of SRS without cartilage excision has been previously described. We aimed to determine if a nonexcisional repair technique in affected adults could demonstrate significant relief from SRS using standardized outcome measures.