A 30-year-old female asked:
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hi i had hit the side of my rib really hard last week and now it's swollen and hurts when i touch it should i get and x ray?

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Dr. John To
Dr. John To answered
29 years experience Radiology
Probably not: a non displaced or mildly displaced rib fracture without complication (pneumothorax, hemothorax, pulmonary contusion ) is not worth diagnosing. You will live with the same rib fracture pain for 6 weeks whether or not it is confirmed by radiography. Any worsening shortness of breath, go to the ED directly. That could indicate increase pneumothorax or bleeding into pleural space.
Answered on Jan 23, 2019
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