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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Grant Linnell
24 years experience Radiology
Yes: Plain x-rays are very good at looking for fractures, however, a hairline, nondisplaced fracture could be missed on an x-ray.
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
52 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Yes quite common: Non displaced linear fractures are very difficult to visualize on radiographs even when special views (obliques) are obtained as part of examination. ... Read More

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Rib: Tender to touch, sore with breathing, redness, swelling, may show on x-ray.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Very unusual: Coughing from pertussis can lead to rib fracture. I previously coughed while holding a heavy object in one hand at a strange angle. My physician was ... Read More
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Possible: It is possible but less likely to crack a rib by coughing as most healthy people would actually strain the muscles . Rib fracture by coughing would ra ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
35 years experience Family Medicine
Don't think so: I do not think you can fracture your ribs from too much coughing but you have been coughing for past few weeks, it may be viral or reflux or asthma . ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cody Mead
Dr. Cody Mead answered
12 years experience Family Medicine
Possible: You should see your doctor for xrays. Get well soon!
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marius Frasie
26 years experience Internal Medicine
DOES IT HURT?: Poss rib fracture, it should hurt with deep breathing, cough certain movements.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
May need nothing: Cracked ribs, that are not displaced, will spontaneously heal fairly rapidly. Hopefully the incident that cracked them caused no other damage. If th ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
47 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Maybe: But not that likely at your age / a good old muscle strain can be pretty painful for awhile either way it should be self limiting although may take ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Might: Rib fracture can happen very easily specially if you have osteoporosis. What you should be concern and see a doctor, if you feel shortness of breath.
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