A meta-analysis comparing muscle-sparing and posterolateral thoracotomy.


We compared outcomes of posterolateral thoracotomy vs muscle-sparing thoracotomy after open thoracic operations. Twelve trials were included, comprising 571 patients in the muscle-sparing thoracotomy group and 512 patients in the posterolateral thoracotomy group. There was significantly improved shoulder internal rotation (weighted mean difference, -1.28… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.08.014

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