Treatment of Rib cage Injury (Flail chest)


Symptoms of flail chest after a traumatic injury include:

  • Paradoxical movement: When someone with this injury inhales and the rest of the chest expands, a flail segment will sink inward. On the other hand, when the rest of the chest contracts on an exhale, the flail segment bulges outward.
  • Severe chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing

Bruising, inflammation, and sensitivity in the injured area are also expected.

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