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Relevant surgical anatomy of the chest wall.
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PMID:  20974429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The chest wall, like other regional anatomy, is a remarkable fusion of form and function. Principal functions are the protection of internal viscera and an expandable cylinder facilitating variable gas flow into the lungs. Knowledge of the anatomy of the whole cylinder (ribs, sternum, vertebra, diaphragm, intercostal spaces, and extrathoracic muscles) is therefore not only important in the local environment of a specific chest wall resection but also in its relation to overall function. An understanding of chest wall kinematics might help define the loss of function after resection and the effects of various chest wall substitutes. Therefore, this article is not an exhaustive anatomic description but a focused summary and discussion.
Babu V Naidu; Pala B Rajesh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Thoracic surgery clinics     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1547-4127     ISO Abbreviation:  Thorac Surg Clin     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-26     Completed Date:  2011-01-19     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101198195     Medline TA:  Thorac Surg Clin     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  453-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham, B9 5SS, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Diaphragm / anatomy & histology
Intercostal Muscles / anatomy & histology,  innervation
Ligaments / anatomy & histology
Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
Ribs / anatomy & histology
Sternum / anatomy & histology
Thoracic Surgical Procedures
Thoracic Wall / anatomy & histology*,  surgery

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