To report a previously undescribed complication of scoliosis surgical treatment.
Clinical case analysis.
Excessive rib resection resulted in a permanent “flail” chest.
Rib resection (“costoplasty”) is a valuable procedure for obtaining bone graft and for esthetic reduction of rib prominence, but excessive removal and especially done twice can produce major disability.
From the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School, and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Acknowledgment date: June 12, 2001.
Acceptance date: September 17, 2001.
Device status category: 1.
Conflict of interest category: 12.
Address correspondence to
Robert B. Winter, MD
c/o Research Department
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
200 East University
St. Paul, MN 55110