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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Is it necessary to have xray for a broken rib?

Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
11 years in practice
210K people helped
Is it necessary to have xray for a broken rib?

No.: Not necessary, but if your symptoms persist or you feel short of breath, you may benefit from an xray. ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Rifat Naghmi
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Would an xray specifically for detection of broken ribs also show up early lung diseases?

Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
11 years in practice
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Would an xray specifically for detection of broken ribs also show up early lung diseases?

Maybe: Depends on the lung disease, but usually not. ...Read more

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Dr. Louise Andrew
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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Hurt ribs &muscles around ribs a week ago, xray showed not broken but when mashed on I can feel them move & pop. Still have moderate pain. What is it?

Dr. Louise Andrew
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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Hurt ribs &muscles around ribs a week ago, xray showed not broken  but when mashed on I can feel them move & pop. Still have moderate pain. What is it?

Could be fracture: Rib fractures don't always show up on x-ray. They DO hurt. You can also get pneumonia from not breathing deeply enough because of the pain, or puncture a lung from too much movement if there's a sharp edge. Take the pain meds you have for other conditions, use heat locally to help muscles and ribs to heal. If you get a fever or get very short of breath, see your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Ward Dean
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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Board Certified, Trauma Surgery
45 years in practice
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Hurt ribs on 8/28, had xray said not broken. Back to doctor month lster said dislocated. Still hurting & popping out of place 5weeks later. What to do?

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
Board Certified, Trauma Surgery
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Hurt ribs on 8/28, had xray said not broken. Back to doctor month lster said dislocated. Still hurting & popping out of place 5weeks later. What to do?

You have rib fractur: Oft times plain chest x-rays under diagnose rib fx, CT is the best test, but by what you discribe you ha fx. ribs. These can take 3-4 Mo. to heal. Take motrin for any pain till tey do ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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. Michael Rothman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
30 years in practice
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Can an X-ray determine if ribs were broken by squeezing. ?

Dr. Michael Rothman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
30 years in practice
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Yes: An x ray of your ribs will determine if your ribs are broken or not. The x ray will not tell you why they were broken. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Weisman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
36 years in practice
57K people helped
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Can an X-ray determine the cause of broken ribs.

Dr. Benjamin Weisman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
36 years in practice
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Can an X-ray determine the cause of broken ribs.

Yes: Coupled with medical history, one can possibly determine if this fracture pathological in nature or secondary to an injury. ...Read more

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Dr. David Ziring
Board Certified, Pediatric Gastroenterology
17 years in practice
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Hi, my xray result told that theres an ovoid density projecting over the 6th anterior rib, what was that mean? Thanks.

Dr. David Ziring
Board Certified, Pediatric Gastroenterology
17 years in practice
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Were you: wearing a shirt with buttons when you took the X-ray? ...Read more

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Dr. Guy Fogel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
39 years in practice
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Is it possible for you to see dislocated ribs on xray?

Dr. Guy Fogel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
39 years in practice
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No: Usually not. The joints are cartilage and do not show on x-ray. ...Read more

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