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Relevant surgical anatomy of the chest wall.

Naidu, Babu V and Rajesh, Pala B (2010) Relevant surgical anatomy of the chest wall. Thoracic surgery clinics, 20 (4). pp. 453-63. ISSN 1547-4127. This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login Ids.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login Ids.
Subjects: WF Respiratory system. Respiratory medicine
Divisions: Planned IP Care > Thoracic Surgery
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Depositing User: Mr Philip O'Reilly
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2014 11:51
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2014 11:51
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/350

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