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How Long Should Flail Chest Last
Until you're better: Ribs have to heal sufficiently to allow the thorax to function well enough for you to reliably breath on your own. Probably weeks. ...Read more
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
Pain control: Flail chest is generally treated with pain control to allow the patient to cough, deep breathe and clear any secretions. Pain control can be obtained with IV narcotics, oral narcotics, subcutaneous pain pumps or an epidural catheter. Recently, there has been increased interest in fixing the ribs with plates. The jury is still out on this but is appropriate in the right patient. ...Read more
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
Not get one: Flail chest is when 2 or 3 or more ribs are fractured in 2 or more places (definition varies). Major issues are controlling pain and maintaining oxygenation. Ribs will heal on their own usually-take 12 weeks, cause they move when we breathe. For severe cases, we utilize titanium plates internally screwed into the ribs to stabilize them. This is becoming a more common procedure in the last 10 years ...Read more
See below: Flail chest, multiple ribs fractured in multiple places on one side of the chest, can cause inability of the lung to expand on that side. Usually ventilator support and underlying lung healing will allow the ribs to heal on their own. Rarely surgery is needed to fixate the ribs if there is too much damage or lack of self-healing. Chest wound is treated with cleaning, suturing only if appropriate. ...Read more
Flail chest: Dangerous condition that occurs when part of rib cage breaks from the rest of the chest wall. This is usually due to trauma to the chest wall. ...Read more
See below: Pericardial tamponade is a serious emergency problem of fluid or blood collection in the sac around the heart, causing heart dysfunction. Myocardial contusion is a potentially serious condition of direct trauma and bruising of the heart muscle. Flail chest is a serious problem of multiple rib fractures in several locations on one side of the chest resulting in the lung to not expand correctly. ...Read more
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
1st rib removed. 2-4 resectioned. 5-6 separated from sternum. Is there danger in having 2-4 resection again? I have flail chest.
We were told he has a broken sternum, But paperwork also says closed fractures of multiple ribs with flail chest, What exactly does that mean?
Chest trauma: Has multiple broken ribs and broken sternum. ...Read more
I had an auto accident one year ago flail chest I continue to have labored breathing, pain, pain (feels like meat fork when I lay down)?
See your doctor: If you are having significant breathing issues, you should see your physician. ...Read more
I have severe chest pain when I get upset. Its doesn't last long but it feel like im dying. What could it be?
Many causes: There are many possible causes of chest pain associated with emotional upset. Possibilities include heart disease, lung disease (asthma), gastrointestinal disease (reflux, esophageal spasm), and other problems. It would be best if you see your primary care practitioner and explain your symptoms in detail. History and physical examination can give important insight into your symptoms. ...Read more
Sometimes I get a butterfly sensation in my chest. It has lasted as long as one hour. What is this feeling and is it dangerous?
Cause of severe sharp intermittent pain on right side of chest that has lasted all day? Each 'episode' is only 10-15 seconds long but very severe.
Please see Dr.: Without an exam, it is impossible to diagnose this. If the pain is severe, please see the Dr. ASAP to ensure it is nothing worrisome. ...Read more
From a long time I had recurrent sudden pain in deffernt places in my chest, worsen with breathing and last few seconds only...but several times, why?
Pulmonary: Assuming you are healthy and have no underlying lung disease probably a few days to a week. However, occasionally it can last longer. If it worsens and/or you are short of breath seeing a doctor would be a good idea. Good luck. ...Read more
What does it mean when you get a random chest pain and it feels like a stabbing? Doesn't last long for about a minute.
How long is chest pain from anxiety supposed to last? I've seen websites say only as long as the anxiety lasts but I've had pain for days.
Anxiety can share: An anxious person can also have other problems - some that are purely physical. So, you may have a chest cold or something else - even a pulled muscle or internal bruise. Also, you may have formed a sensation habit. Not that you want chest pain, but that it's become chronic and meaningless. See a doctor for an eval. Best! ...Read more