Heart, Lung and Circulation
Editorial| Volume 14, ISSUE 1, P1-2, March 2005

The Challenges of Reconstructive Surgery of Thoracic Defects

      Chest Wall defects presenting for reconstruction are broadly due to tumour, infections or radionecrosis. Infective and radionecrotic causes are ultimately an expression of inadequate blood supply and are both treated by radical debridement of dead and infected tissues and their replacement with well vascularised tissue which facilitates access to the body's own systemic defence mechanisms.
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