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Polytetrafluoroethylene Bars in Stabilizing the Reconstructed Sternum for Pectus Excavatum Operations in Children.

Genç, Abdülkadir M.D.; Mutaf, Oktay M.D.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:

: Nine children with severe pectus excavatum deformity were operated on in the Department of Pediatric Surgery, Thoracic Unit, Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey. There were four boys and five girls, and the mean age at operation was 6.3 years. A modified Ravitch technique was performed by using two polytetrafluoroethylene bars placed retrosternally for fixation and stabilization of the reconstituted anterior chest wall. The bars were removed 6 months after the operation. Results were satisfactory in all cases, with no surgical complications.

(C)2002American Society of Plastic Surgeons