Injuries to ribs and thoracic cage

Causes Diagnosis Management
  • Crushing injuries especially due to war can cause injuries to ribs and thoracic cage.
  • May also be due to road traffic accidents, (RTA).
  • Often associated with injuries in other parts of the body.
 
  • History: War or RTAGeneral examination:
  • Loss of function in various parts of multiple injuries
  • X-ray
  • Stabilization of chest wall using strappings or internal fixation of rib fractures using wires.
  • Removal of fluid from pleural cavity- e.g. pneumothorax, hemothorax etc
  • Tracheobronchial aspiration
  • Tracheostomy
  • Others may include oxygen, blood transfusion or plasma expanders.

 

Anterior fracture Posterior fracture
Stove-in-chest Multiple fractures

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Creator: Oluwole Ogunranti

 

 

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Creator: Oluwole Ogunranti