Fracture of the first and second rib: Incidence of vascular injury relative to type of fracture

John P Livoni, T. C. Barcia

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Fractures of the first or second rib may be associated with underlying arterial injury in patients with blunt chest trauma. A total of 58 patients with fracture of the first or second rib was investigated; all patients subsequently underwent arteriography. The type of rib fracture (posterior, lateral, or anterior) was not found to be a useful predictor of underlying vascular injury. Also, the degree of displacement of the fracture fragments was of no value in predicting arterial injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-33
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1982


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  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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