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Dr. Allen Seely
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How would trauma doctors heal punctured lung due to a broken rib?

Dr. Allen Seely
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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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Dr. Ralph Rosato
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Can a rib fracture puncture a lung?

Dr. Ralph Rosato
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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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Dr. Allen Seely
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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.

Dr. Allen Seely
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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.

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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Dr. Terry Simpson
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Can a broken rib cause a collapsed lung? I fell and broke a rib. Am i in danger of getting a collapsed lung?

Dr. Terry Simpson
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Can a broken rib cause a collapsed lung? I fell and broke a rib. Am i in danger of getting a collapsed lung?

Yes: Rare but it can happen with really bad breaks from severe trauma. Mostly -- no. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Could a bruise on the rib or a broken rib resemble a thickening of the lung?

Dr. John Michalski
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It may.: Possibly, depending upon the density.

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Iv had chesty cough for five weeks pain in chest and breast i had a chest xray bout 8 weeks ago for broken rib and lungs wwrw fine should I be worried?

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Iv had chesty cough for five weeks pain in chest and breast i had a chest xray bout 8 weeks ago for broken rib and lungs wwrw fine should I be worried?

Have followup: There are complications of broken ribs that can show up later. Hemothorax-blood in chest. Infection, pulmonary contusion from the injury to the ribs and pneumonia. ...Read more

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

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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Dr. Robert Binford
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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What are the risks of a rib fracture puncturing your kidney?

Dr. Robert Binford
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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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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Dr. Michael Korona
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How do you tell if you have a broken rib?

Dr. Michael Korona
Board Certified, Interventional Radiology
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X-ray: Of chest or ribs.

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Dr. Scott Hacker
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How do you know if you have a broken rib?

Dr. Scott Hacker
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Xray: The only way to know if your rib is truly broken is with an xray. This simple diagnostic test creates a picture of the rib cage which your physician can use to evaluate your pain. Sometimes it can be hard to see a fracture on xray. Typically these breaks take up to 6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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