Flail chest

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

High velocity RTA. Part of trauma series on admission.

Patient Data

Age: 32
Gender: Male
X-ray

Four consecutive displaced rib fractures of the mid right thoracic cavity.

No pneumothorax.

Case Discussion

Flail chest or segment occurs when three or more contiguous ribs are fractured in two or more places.

It typically occurs after high impact trauma.

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Case information

rID: 37961
Published: 27th Jun 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Tag: rdgh
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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