Left-sided rib fractures

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


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Patient Data

Age: 70
Gender: Male

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: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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