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Patient holding chest x-ray board

Management and treatment of patients with fractured ribs

Rib fractures are among the most common injuries to the chest, accounting for more than half of the thoracic injuries sustained from non-penetrating trauma (Honick and Sinert, 2001; O’Kane et al, 1998). Ribs usually fracture at the point of impact or at the posterior angle where structurally they are weakest. Middle ribs 4 - 9 are more commonly fractured (Honick and Sinert, 2001). Rib fractures are less common in children because their ribs are more elastic and require considerable ...

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