Pneumothorax due to rib fractures

Case contributed by Dr Jens Christian Fischer


55 year old woman toppled to the right side. She subsequently experienced thoracic tenderness and mild shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 55
Gender: Female

Case Discussion

The first taken x-rays in the ED reveals multiple, partial dislocated rib fractures and a pneumothorax on the right side.

After insertion of a thoracic drainage, felt necessary due to the multiple fractures, progressive shortness of breath and the presence of pleural space air, the pneumothorax has partially resolved.

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Case information

rID: 12821
Published: 15th Jan 2011
Last edited: 18th Dec 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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