Send to

Choose Destination
Srp Arh Celok Lek. 2013 Jul-Aug;141(7-8):528-31.

[Diagnosis and treatment of rib fracture during spontaneous vaginal delivery].

[Article in Serbian]

Author information

Military Medical Academy, Belgrade, Serbia.



Progress of labor in multiparous women usually is not accompanied with risk of any kind of birth trauma.


We report a very rare case of rib fracture in a neonate during vaginal delivery in the 39/40 week of gestation. The expulsion started spontaneously without any manipulation from the obstetrician. Live male newborn was delivered 4650 g. in weight, 55 cm long, with head circumference of 39 cm, Apgar score 9. The child was immediately examined by the neonatologist. Crepitations were palpable over the left hemithorax, and auscultatory on the left side inspiratory cracks. Finding was suspicious for rib fracture on the left side posteriorly and brachial plexus palsy, while other findings were normal. X-ray finding was inconclusive, but suspicious for fracture of the 4th, 5th, and 6th left rib posteriorly, without dislocation of bone fragments. There were no signs of pneumothorax. Dorsal position of the newborn was considered sufficient, accompanied with analgetics. X-ray was scheduled in a week because formation of the calus would be the only objective sign of previous rib fracture. On the control X-ray fracture lines were clearly visible on the 3rd, 4th, 5th 6th and 7th rib posteriorly, without dislocation of bone fragments with initial calus formation. The child was discharged from hospital in good condition after two weeks, for further outpatient care.


With timely diagnostics of this very rare intrapartal fracture, adequate treatment, dorsal position and close control of clinical condition of the newborn, serious and potentially life threatening complications can be avoided.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Serbian Medical Society
Loading ...
Support Center