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Dr. Allen Seely
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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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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?

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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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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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 know if you have a broken rib?

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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