Coloured chest X-ray of fractured ribs

Coloured chest X-ray of fractured ribs

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Caption: Fractured ribs. Coloured chest X-ray showing several fractured ribs (lower right). The ribs are seen with sharp, jagged edges at the breaks. The ribs serve to protect the heart and lungs from damage. They can be fractured by a fall or a blow. Severe pain results, which becomes worse when breathing deeply. In cases such as this, where the broken ends are misaligned and sharp, there is a risk that a lung may be pierced, which can lead to its collapse. This can cause breathing difficulties, and may even be fatal if it is not treated. Fractured ribs are realigned and allowed to heal.

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Keywords: broken rib, condition, disorder, fracture, fractured, fractured ribs, healthcare, injury, medical, medicine, rib, ribs, x-ray, xray

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