A series of 12 patients with traumatic sternal fractures without internal organ injury are reported to have had their fractures repaired with a standard operative technique that has proved to be effective up to 17 years of follow-up. Although sternal fractures are often seen in emergency departments of trauma centers, rarely are they recommended for correction. Often patients experience physical deformity, chronic pain, and abnormal physical habits. A standard operative technique is proposed with highly satisfactory results. Thoracic surgeons should be familiar with this problem and with available standard methods to correct it. Copyright © 2005 by The American Association for Thoracic Surgery.
Molina, J. E. (2005). Evaluation and operative technique to repair isolated sternal fractures. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 130(2), 445–448. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtcvs.2005.02.022