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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Flail Chest (Overview)

Flail chest is a life threatening medical condition in which multiple segments of the rib cage have been broken and are loosened. These segments cause severe bruising and damage to the lung.


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What sort of disorder is a flail chest?

What sort of disorder is a flail chest?

Rib fractures: A flail chest occurs when several ribs adjacent to each other ate fractured and a segment of the chest wall are then able to move paradoxically. During inhalation, the fractured ribs are sucked inward and during exhalation, they move outward which is opposite of the normal rib movements ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
61 doctors shared insights

Flail Chest (Overview)

Flail chest is a life threatening medical condition in which multiple segments of the rib cage have been broken and are loosened. These segments cause severe bruising and damage to the lung.


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What are the symptoms of flail chest?

What are the symptoms of flail chest?

Many: Shortness of breath, pain, labored breathing, cardiac abnormalities, and sometimes it can even lead to death. ...Read more

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What's flail chest caused by?

What's flail chest caused by?

Trauma: Flail chest is caused by trauma to the chest, typically blunt force injury. The ribs are broken with this injury creating a situation in which it can be quite painful to breathe. Underlying injuries to the lungs and heart and structures in the chest may be associated with this and can help determine the managent strategy required. ...Read more

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Blunt/penetrating trauma to the thorax? Flail chest? What do these terms mean?

I agree: I agree with the other definitions above, but to be more specific, a flail chest is defined as three or more consecutive segmental rib fractures. This means the ribs are broken in two or more spots. ...Read more

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How do you treat a flail chest?

How do you treat a flail chest?

Surgery: Evidence is mounting that fixing the ribs broken in a flail chest helps significantly. Pulmonary support is also key. ...Read more

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It feels like something is stuck on the right side of my chest it don't hurt to breath or take a deep breath. How do I get rid of it...?

It feels like something is stuck on the right side of my chest it don't hurt to breath or take a deep breath. How do I get rid of it...?

OMT: This is usually due to chest wall or rib/s malalignment ie it's a mechanical problem that's best remedied by osteopathic manipulation or chiropractic therapy -- i would also recommend a chest xray to rule out a tumor -. ...Read more

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What is flail chest?

What is flail chest?

Broken ribs: Flail chest occurs when a segment of the chest wall moves independent of the rest with respiration due to multiple rib fractures. It is usually the result of major trauma. ...Read more

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What's flail chest caused by?

Trauma: Flail chest is caused by trauma to the chest, typically blunt force injury. The ribs are broken with this injury creating a situation in which it can be quite painful to breathe. Underlying injuries to the lungs and heart and structures in the chest may be associated with this and can help determine the managent strategy required. ...Read more

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How do you treat a flail chest?

Surgery: Evidence is mounting that fixing the ribs broken in a flail chest helps significantly. Pulmonary support is also key. ...Read more

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What do you do for a flail chest?

Fix them: I fix them using plate and screw constructs. I've developed a muscle sparing technique that works well. It has been shown to improve patient outcomes and speed up time to get out of the hospital and icu. ...Read more

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