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My bf fell this morning and landed on our bathroom rack. His sternum hurts a lot, but he's fine otherwise. Should he go to the emergency room?
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Dr. Glenn Skow
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Better to be safe
It's not uncommon to suffer a fracture after trauma.
Although the sternum is a tough bone and is not a common site for fracture outside high impact trauma or cpr, if the pain is that significant he may want an x-ray to be sure. Hopefully it's just a bad bruise.

In brief: Better to be safe
It's not uncommon to suffer a fracture after trauma.
Although the sternum is a tough bone and is not a common site for fracture outside high impact trauma or cpr, if the pain is that significant he may want an x-ray to be sure. Hopefully it's just a bad bruise.
Dr. Glenn Skow
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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Yes he should go to the emergency room to make sure he did not do any damage to the heart from the fall.

In brief: Yes
Yes he should go to the emergency room to make sure he did not do any damage to the heart from the fall.
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Fall
Why did he fall? If he was dizzy or passed out, there are issues to be checked.
If he just slipped, breathlessness or uncontrollable pain would be reasons to seek medical attention. Otherwise, it's probably just a bruise:analgesics, heat, and rest are reasonable.

In brief: Fall
Why did he fall? If he was dizzy or passed out, there are issues to be checked.
If he just slipped, breathlessness or uncontrollable pain would be reasons to seek medical attention. Otherwise, it's probably just a bruise:analgesics, heat, and rest are reasonable.
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