Problems in resection of chest wall sarcomas

R. Lopez, M. S. Didolkar, C. Karakousis, R. Baffi, V. Bakamjian

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To illustrate the problems of reconstruction in major chest wall resection, five patients with a variety of soft tissue tumors of the chest wall, located at different sites, are presented. Patients who underwent a lateral or posterolateral chest wall resection required removal of two to five ribs sequentially as well as the adjacent soft tissue. Those who underwent an anterior chest wall resection required resection of the manubrium or the body of sternum as well as of adjacent costal cartilages. To prevent instability of the chest, herniation, and to minimize flailing, the chest defect was bridged with the use of Marlex mesh. Whenever possible, the omentum was brought into the chest cavity to increase the vascularity of the reconstruction. Since, in most instances, the tumors involved the skin because of previous damage from radiation therapy, extensive skin coverage was planned well in advance of resection. Pedicle skin flaps or rotation flaps were used to cover the skin defect. Ventilatory support by volume respirator, was required for three to four days. In all patients, the chest wall was completely stable after three to six weeks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-477
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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