What’s Your Diagnosis? Emergency Department Management of Rib Fractures
October 12, 2021


Posted by Andy Jagoda MD in: What's Your Diagnosis , trackback

Welcome to this month’s What’s Your Diagnosis Challenge!

But before we begin, check to see if you got last month’s case on Emergency Department Management of Cervical Spine Injuries right.

Case Presentation:  Emergency Department Management of Rib Fractures

As you start your shift, your first patient is a 70-year-old man who fell while walking down a flight of stairs. He is complaining of severe pain around his right chest that is worse when breathing. The patient denies use of any blood thinners, recent illnesses, or pain or tenderness in any other location.  Chest radiograph reveals simple rib fractures of ribs 4, 5, and 6, with no associated pneumothorax. The patient asks what can be done for his pain, and whether he is safe to go home… 

Make your best guess, and check back next month to find out the correct answer!

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