The authors report painful nonunions after multiple rib fractures in a 50-year-old man who sustained a displaced scapula fracture and multiple ipsilateral rib fractures. The rib nonunions were reconstructed after an 11-month trial of nonoperative management, which was unsuccessful. The nonunions healed and symptoms completely resolved.
From the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Regions Hospital, Saint Paul, MN.
Accepted for publication February 17, 2009.
Peter A. Cole, MD, has received grants from Synthes and Zimmer, Inc, in support of his research.
Reprints: Peter A. Cole, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota, Regions Hospital, Saint Paul, MN 55101 (e-mail: email@example.com).