Costal cartilage fracture

Case contributed by Maulik S Patel


Right-sided chest wall blunt trauma a few hours before the presentation. Complaining of right lower anterior chest wall pain.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Male

There is no displaced rib fracture. There is no right hemothorax / surgical emphysema.


There is a displaced fracture of the right 5th costal cartilage in its lateral half. It correlated with the site of pain pointed by the patient. There is no local hematoma.

Case Discussion

The case shows the importance of chest wall ultrasound in a trauma case with a negative chest radiograph.

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