ORIF ribs

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Previous right sided chest trauma needing surgery. Performed for chest pain on this admission.

Patient Data

Age: 77
Gender: Female

Internal plate and screw fixation of 5 consecutive right sided ribs.

Underlying fractures are evident.

Case Discussion

Rib fractures are common, with the chest radiograph largely undertaken to assess for complications such as a pneumothorax.

Rarely rib fractures require surgical correction - flail chest or markedly displaced fractures being potential indications.

Internal fixation (ORIF) is on occasion performed with dramatic chest radiograph appearances.

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Case information

rID: 33585
Published: 17th Jan 2015
Last edited: 16th May 2016
System: Chest
Tag: rdgh
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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