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what are some common secondary injuries that could occur from a rib fracture?

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Dr. Carl Decker
23 years experience Radiology
Several: Pneumothorax (lung collapse), lung injury, spleen injury, pneumonia (from splinting) and vascular injury are among the more common.
Answered on Mar 16, 2018
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
15 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not many : Usually the most common is a pneumothorax, or dropped lung. After that, injuries are less common. A pleural effusion and death have been reported in only a few instances.
Answered on Feb 19, 2013
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