Lateral thoracic expansion for jeune syndrome: Evidence of rib healing and new bone formation

@article{Davis2004LateralTE,
  title={Lateral thoracic expansion for jeune syndrome: Evidence of rib healing and new bone formation},
  author={J Terrance Davis and Frederick R. Long and Brent Adler and Robert G. Castile and Samuel Weinstein},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2004},
  volume={77 2},
  pages={445-8}
}
BACKGROUND Lateral thoracic expansion is a procedure that has been described to enlarge the thoracic cage in patients with Jeune's asphyxiating thoracic dystrophy. The procedure involves separating ribs from their periosteum and plating them together in an expanded fashion with titanium struts. We have speculated that the ribs heal in this situation, despite the absence of surrounding periosteum, and that new rib formation occurs in the liberated periosteum. METHODS Radiographic studies of… CONTINUE READING

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