Left-sided rib fractures

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe

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Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

Left-sided 3rd-7th rib fractures with 6th and 8th rib fractures displaced. No pneumothorax or pleural fluid collection. 

Case Discussion

Although easily seen on this chest x-ray, plain films are considered insensitive to detect rib fractures. Chest radiography's role is in the assessment of potential complications including pneumothorax, hemothorax or pneumonia.

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Case information

rID: 31240
Published: 26th Sep 2014
Last edited: 6th Mar 2020
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