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OBJECTIVES Retained haemothorax and pneumothorax are the most common complications after blunt chest traumas. Lung lacerations derived from fractures of the ribs are usually found in these patients. Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is usually used as a routine procedure in the treatment of retained pleural collections. The objective of this study(More)
In this paper, a practical methodology of surface-based registration supported by an automated laser surface scanning system to achieve good mapping performance is reported. The laser scanning system is used to digitize the facial feature of a phantom so as to mesh the physical space into triangular frame. The image space is established by translating the(More)
BACKGROUND Surgical managements are recommended for unstable distal clavicle fractures because of a high incidence of nonunion. A variety of methods have been previously reported, but there is no current consensus regarding which method is the most suitable. METHODS Between December 2004 and August 2010, we treated 68 patients with Neer type IIB distal(More)
The purpose of this study was to compare the parameters of perioperative course and cost-effectiveness for patients with midshaft clavicle fractures treated by dynamic compression plates or locked compression plates.This retrospective, case-controlled study involved 54 patients with midshaft clavicle fractures who received dynamic compression plates (n=21)(More)