Sequelae of Traumatic Rib Fractures

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A 69-year-old man with a history of alcohol abuse presented to the ED with progressive chest pain, vomiting, and edema after a bike fall 2 days ago. He had swelling with crepitus of the face, chest, arms, abdominal wall, and testicles. Imaging showed multiple rib fractures, a large right-sided pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum with possible pneumopericardium, pneumoperitoneum, and subcutaneous emphysema extending from the scrotum to the scalp with possible air in the cavernous sinus. A chest tube and bilateral blow holes were placed, and the patient was admitted to SICU. This case presentation highlights the potential sequelae of rib fractures.


American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, October 8-12, 2021.