Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2005; 53(3): 191-192
DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-830568
How to do it

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A Quick Technique for Division of the First Rib Using a Posterior Approach

C. A. Kutlu1 , G. Olgac2
  • 1Süreyyapaşa Hospital for Chest Diseases and Chest Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2Yedikule Hospital for Chest Diseases and Chest Surgery, Istanbul, Turkey
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Publication History

Received 4. November 2004

Publication Date:
30 May 2005 (online)


Here we describe a simple and quick technique for anterior division of the first rib using a posterior approach. In this technique, the tip of a right angled clamp is introduced through the fibers of the anterior scalene muscle and the rib is turned completely. Then, the clamp is opened wide enough to obtain a space for division of the rib using a bone cutter.


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