Rib fractures less innocuous than thought

Many serious rib fracture cases lead to debilitating chronic pain, says thoracic surgeon Silvana Marasco, who is lead author of a study that shows the injury is not as innocuous as thought.

The review of 397 major trauma patients shows around six in ten reported significant functional reduction over a 24-month period.  The study excluded patients who had received operative rib fixation.

At 24 months, 20% of patients who reported pain greater than five out of 10 identified their main site of