In most cases, a simple, isolated rib fracture elicits sharp, knife-like pain, and respiratory distress; however, as the patient relaxes and begins to breathe with their diaphragm, the respiratory distress subsides. Depending on the location of the fracture and it's severity, if there are multiple rib fractures especially to the same rib or ribs (flail chest), the patient may present with or develop respiratory distress due to lung damage and/or internal bleeding.
Isolated Rib Fracture S/Sx
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