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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2002 February;43(1):133-134

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A new closure technique for limited thoracotomy where the ribs are spread minimally

Catalyurek H., Silistreli E., Açikel Ü.

From the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Dokuz Eylül University School of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey


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An alter­na­tive clo­sure tech­nique for lim­it­ed thor­a­cot­o­my inci­sions is ­described ­below. This tech­nique con­sists of fix­ing the inter­cos­tal mus­cles ­with hor­i­zon­tal ­matress ­sutures. Also the ­described tech­nique can be ­applied ­where the ­ribs are spread­ min­i­mal­ly in ­such lim­it­ed thor­a­cot­o­my inci­sions.

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