A flail chest case study in 2016 a critically injured 60 year old farm worker presented to the emergency department at mayo clinics campus in minnesota.
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Two of the symptoms of flail chest are chest pain and shortness of breath1 it occurs when multiple adjacent ribs are broken in multiple places separating a segment so a. Pulmonary contusionlung injuryrestricted chest wall movement associated with pain hypoxia patients with flail chest have deranged respiratory mechanics and usually require positive pressure ventilation. Flail chest ards 5. Flail chest complicates about 10 to 20 of patients with blunt chest trauma and is associated with a mortality rate ranging from 10 to 35 1 4.
Flail chest is a life threatening medical condition that occurs when a segment of the rib cage breaks due to trauma and becomes detached from the rest of the chest wall.