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How would trauma doctors heal punctured lung due to a broken rib?

How would trauma doctors heal punctured lung due to a broken rib?

Chest tube: A punctured lung (pneumothorax) from trauma (rib fracture) is likely to cause lung collapse and blood in chest cavity (hemothorax). 1 or several chest-tubes would likely be needed to drain fluid (&blood) and re-inflate the lung using negative pressure (suction on the chest tubes). The chest tubes remain until the lung remains inflated when chest tubes are clamped. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Can a rib fracture puncture a lung?

Can a rib fracture puncture a lung?

Yes: An x-ray is required to diagnose a puncture. Be careful this can be life threatening. ...Read more

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My daughter, about 35 pounds, walked on my ribs.Would it hurt if I had a broken rib or did something to my lungs? Because I feel okay.

My daughter, about 35 pounds, walked on my ribs.Would it hurt if I had a broken rib or did something to my lungs? Because I feel okay.

Rib fracture=pain: If you had fractured a rib: you would know it! you would have moderate -severe pain exacerbated by movement, cough, and deep breathing. ...Read more

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Broken rib, bruised lung. Prescribed Percocet & Methocarbamol. Should I take together or alternate? Time intervals?

Broken rib, bruised lung.  Prescribed Percocet &  Methocarbamol.   Should I take together or alternate?  Time intervals?

Discuss w/ Dr: The Dr who prescribed is the right one to provide these directions as well as other questions you may have about side effects and effectiveness - what to do and what to avoid in detail. I hope it heals well! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a collapsed lung. Symptoms of a rib fracture?

What are the symptoms of a collapsed lung. Symptoms of a rib fracture?

Difficult breathing: Initially chest pain, palpable crepitance- rice crispies in the chest wall, . Later fever, pneumonia, cough along with short of breath. Rib trauma and significant local pain! limited chest wall motion. ...Read more

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I am24 yrs old boy having pain in between the chest apparently right chest rib joining while exhale pain seems like broken rib under the skin sometime?

I am24 yrs old boy having pain in between the chest apparently right chest rib joining while exhale pain seems like broken rib under the skin sometime?

Trauma or no injury?: A common inflammatory condition of the joints between the ribs and breast bone, called tietze's syndrome, can cause painful chest wall irritation and swelling and redness. A similar condition called costochondritis is painful inflammation of the same joints without obvious swelling. Rest, anti-inflammatories and occassionally steroid injections can treat both. Time will usually allow both to heal. ...Read more

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Cracked, bruised or broken rib? Not sure, but regular chest X-ray can or cannot tell?

Need further work: With this, you'll need further work up. A chest ct scan will tell for sure, but the treatment migh be the same: time. It really depends on your situation and what's injured. ...Read more

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I have had a CT of the chest in ER and was told I have several fractures to my ribs. One acute rib fracture and several healed,and Chronic rib fractu?

I have had a CT of the chest in ER and was told I have several fractures to my ribs. One acute rib fracture and several healed,and  Chronic rib fractu?

Underlying problems?: Multiple rib fractures over time are concerning for problems with the bones (osteoporosis, cancer in the ribs, poor nutrition), or repeat trauma. Repeat trauma can be related to frequent falls from a neurologic condition, chronic alcoholism, or abuse. Proper evaluation of the possible causes of repeat rib fractures requires addressing numerous factors, which could be handled by a family physician. ...Read more

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After car crash had chest Xray and was told it was a fractured rib. Next I read the radiology report: "may" show rib fracture. SO much pain... "may?!"

After car crash had chest Xray and was told it was a fractured rib. Next I read the radiology report: "may" show rib fracture. SO much pain... "may?!"

Not always well seen: Rib fractures may or may not be readily visible on XR. Sometimes there is small hint that the alignment of the rib is off which may be the reason for suspected fracture. If there pain that is worse over that region, a rib fracture may be the cause. ...Read more

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1week since I fell & hurt chest & ribs Lt. side. Doctor thinks nondisplaced rib fracture but hurt all the way to shoulder blade pain 6/10. what to do?

1week since I fell & hurt chest & ribs  Lt. side. Doctor thinks nondisplaced rib fracture but hurt all the way to shoulder blade pain 6/10. what to do?

Chest Wall Injuries: Unfortunately it'll continue to hurt for few weeks before it gets better The chest wall is in continuous movement with ring respiration and that gives a little time for the muscles to rest and recover from the injury What you need now is strong pain killers, to help you breathing better and helps you breathing deep to prevent any infections of the lungs ...Read more

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I feel like I have a bone or rib fracture on my thoractic spine..Between my shoulder blades hurt and I have a raised bump on my chest bone.

I feel like I have a bone or rib fracture on my thoractic spine..Between my shoulder blades hurt and I have a raised bump on my chest bone.

Be examined: The spine area may be a prominent spinal process and not abnormal, but a bump on sternum is unusual. Some x-rays may be necessary to, sort out. Thoracic surgeon most likely to be if help. ...Read more

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My husband went to ER for severe pain in his back; developed overnight. Diagnosis from Chest X-Ray is "Fracture of 6th posterior right rib laterally with callus formation which may represent subacute rib fracture. Mild blunting of the right costophrenic

My husband went to ER for severe pain in his back; developed overnight.  Diagnosis from Chest X-Ray is "Fracture of 6th posterior right rib laterally with callus formation which may represent subacute rib fracture.  Mild blunting of the right costophrenic

More info. needed .: . . . Hard to help without additional info. Callous formation implies healing. The real question is the cause, correct? Rib fractures rarely occur spontaneously (i.e. without a reason). If you are certain that there was no trauma involved, it is very important that your husband contact his doctor to be evaluated for the cause. I hope this helps. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Negative chest Cat scan for rib fracture but radiologist recommends MRI with contrast of thyroid for my 12 year old. I'm not getting a reason why?

Negative chest Cat scan for rib fracture but radiologist recommends MRI with contrast of thyroid for my 12 year old. I'm not getting a reason why?

Not a clue: We do not have the history, exam or CAT scan to review, so we could only guess that something in the cat scan was suspicious. I'd call your doc, who might have received a call from the radiologist.One of the problems of these advanced technologies is they find stuff we weren't looking for that points out a need for another test.Some of the stuff is worrisome, some turns out to be okay. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a rib fracture puncturing your kidney?

What are the risks of a rib fracture puncturing your kidney?

Unlikely: Though the kidneys reside above the bottom of the rib cage they are surrounded by fat and tissue. Though possible i would think it would be very unlikely. ...Read more

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How do you heal a broken rib?

Time: All broken bones heal with time usually. A high calcium diet may help speed things up if you're deficient, but ultimately, time is the only cure. ...Read more

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How can a broken rib be fixed?

How can a broken rib be fixed?

Tincture of time: A simple rib fracture is usually allowed to heal on its' own. A more complex fracture that has injured underlying lung may require surgical reduction but that is unusual. ...Read more

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Rib Fracture (Definition)

An injury that occurs when one of the bones in ...Read more