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A 31-year-old female asked:

My husband broke one of his back ribs. there is a large lump where the rib was broken. is this the muscle swelling from the broken bone piercing it?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Sounds like: you are describing a "hematoma" collection of blood in the intercostal muscle(s) around the fracture. An x ray is probably a good idea. Contact your PCP (Primary Care Provider) Hope this helps Dr Z

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Last updated Oct 15, 2016

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