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2021 Jun 01

J Trauma Acute Care Surg



Surgical stabilization of rib fractures in octogenarians and beyond-what are the outcomes?


Pieracci FM, Leasia K, Hernandez MC, Kim B, Cantrell E, Bauman Z, Gardner S, Majercik S, White T, Dieffenbaugher S, Eriksson E, Barns M, Benjamin Christie D, Lasso E T, Schubl S, Sauaia A, Doben AR
J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2021 Jun 01; 90(6):1014-1021.
PMID: 34016925.


Prospective studies of surgical stabilization of rib fractures (SSRF) have excluded elderly patients, and no study has exclusively addressed the ≥80-year-old subgroup. We hypothesized that SSRF is associated with decreased mortality in trauma patients 80 years or older.