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A 53-year-old member asked:

Can a displaced rib cause you pain when you swallow food?

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Dr. Chris Oh
Dr. Chris Ohanswered
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Yes: Any intrathoracic movement or pressure such as swallowing, deep breaths or coughing can cause pain if ribs are fractured or dislocated.
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 20 years experience
Possible: If the rib impinges on the esophagus then yes. But this is unlikely. More likely you can experience pain when breathing deep.
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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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