ORIF thoracic cage

Case contributed by Ian Bickle
Diagnosis certain


Admitted with shortness of breath and fever. Prior chest trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

Extensive ORIF of the lower left thoracic cage.  Other left sided rib fractures are evident. Heart size normal. Lungs clear.

Case Discussion

This is a relatively uncommon chest x-ray finding of open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) performed on the thoracic cage.

This is typically performed following severe trauma with an unstable, perhaps flail, chest.

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.