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A late complication of a traumatic flail segment: colonic herniation
  1. Ian Hunt,
  2. Kassim Rekieh,
  3. Kenneth Stewart,
  4. Eric L R Bédard,
  5. Azim Valji
  1. Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of General Surgery, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ian Hunt, Royal Alexandra Hospital, 10240 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3V9, Canada; ianjhunt{at}

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A 64-year-old man was a multiple trauma victim following a motor vehicle accident. He sustained injuries to his head, left leg, a burst fracture of the L4 vertebra and left haemopneumothorax with an associated flail segment involving ribs 8–11 that required a thoracostomy drain. …

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