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Injury. 1998 Jun;29(5):397-8.

Isolated bilateral first rib fractures--an unusual sequel of whiplash injury.

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Department of Surgery, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, UK.

Abstract

Fractures of the first rib are extremely rare and are more commonly associated with either multiple rib fractures or life-threatening injuries. First rib fractures are commonly caused by direct trauma, violent muscular contraction or by chronic stress. We present a case of isolated bilateral rib fracture in an elderly patient, in the absence of multiple trauma, where the mechanism of injury appears to be a whiplash injury.

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