A 36-year-old member asked:
what are some common secondary injuries that could occur from a rib fracture?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Carl Decker answered
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
Dr. Benjamin Taylor answered
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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