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What are some common secondary injuries that could occur from a rib fracture?

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Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology
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In brief: Several

Pneumothorax (lung collapse), lung injury, spleen injury, pneumonia (from splinting) and vascular injury are among the more common.

In brief: Several

Pneumothorax (lung collapse), lung injury, spleen injury, pneumonia (from splinting) and vascular injury are among the more common.
Dr. Carl Decker
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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Not many

Usually the most common is a pneumothorax, or dropped lung.
After that, injuries are less common. A pleural effusion and death have been reported in only a few instances.

In brief: Not many

Usually the most common is a pneumothorax, or dropped lung.
After that, injuries are less common. A pleural effusion and death have been reported in only a few instances.
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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