OTA 2020: Comparing Surgical and Non-Surgical Management of Acute, Unstable Chest Wall Injuries
General Health Outcomes for Operative versus Nonoperative Treatment of Acute, Unstable Chest Wall Injuries: Results from a Previous Randomized Controlled Trial
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A total of 207 patients with a flail chest injury or severe chest wall deformity were randomized to receive surgical fixation (n=107) or the non-operative management (n=99). The outcomes of interest were the Short Form 36 (SF-36) Physical Component Summary (PCS) and Mental Component Summary (MCS) scores, assessed at 1 week, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months follow-up. The results...
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