Last updated on February 2018

Rib Fixation for Clinically Severe Rib Fractures From Trauma


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Flail Chest | Fracture of rib
  • Age: Between 18 - 90 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Flail chest, defined as 3 or more consecutive ribs fractured in more than one place
  • Pain and disability of an FPS (Functional Pain Scale) rating of 3 or higher
  • Deformity and Defect
  • Non-Union
  • Thoracotomy for other indications
  • 3 or more rib fractures with rib displacement of more than 1 rib cortical diameter
  • Failure to wean from ventilator

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Active bacteremia
  • Active shock
  • Severe Traumatic Brain Injury with GCS < 8
  • Age 17 years or less or age greater than 90 years old
  • Chronic pulmonary disease requiring home oxygenation
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Penetrating chest trauma
  • Chronic opioid dependence
  • Fractures less than 3cm from vertebral spine

Recruitment Status: Open


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