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A 41-year-old female asked:

What is the treatment for a cracked lower right rib? breath sounds equal and bilateral but patient is intoxicated.

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
get xray: At this point the pt. (hopefully)should no longer be intoxicated.An xray is indicated to see if the rib is 'broke' and to rule out a pneumothorax.Even w/ breath sounds equal etc. Rib fxs. Generally heal on their own in 6-8 wks and just need protection while healing. Good luck!

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