The chest protects the heart, lungs and major blood vessels, so chest injuries may affect breathing and circulation and result in serious internal bleeding.
Fractured ribsThe sharp end of a fractured rib may pierce the lung (even when the chest wall is intact, in which case it is called a closed rib fracture), causing part or all of the lung to collapse, and bleeding into the pleural cavity (space around the lungs) to occur. Fractured ribs may also be associated with open chest wounds.
Signs and symptoms
First aid treatment
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