To the Editor Complications such as pneumothorax have been acknowledged as being one of the most serious risks of autologous rib harvesting.1 Although this may be presented to patients as being a clinically significant risk associated with the procedure, its rate is very low (0% [95% CI, 0%-0.35%]), as highlighted by Wee et al2 in their recent article. The reported low frequency may be due to awareness of this complication mitigating its risk of occurrence through considered surgical technique rather than a bias in reporting.
Michael P, Kwok MM. Post–Rib Harvesting Pain Should Be Considered as a Potential Significant Morbidity in Reconstructive Rhinoplasty. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2015;17(3):226. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2014.1592