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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2001 August;42(4):569-70
The Rumel technique for lateral thoracotomy closure
Barone G. W., Pait T. G. *, Lightfoot M. L., Ketel B. L.
From the Department of Surgery
*Department of Neurosurgery University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
The closure of the commonly used lateral thoracotomy incision usually includes pericostal sutures which encircle the ribs. Risks of these pericostal sutures include the injury and/or the entrapment of the intercostal neurovascular bundle located along the inferior underedge of each rib. The simple adaptation of the Rumel tourniquet technique is described as an aid for the primary closure of a lateral thoracotomy which may avoid some of the potential complications inherent to thoracotomy incisions.