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How would you treat a flail chest and chest wound?
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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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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