BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.04.2011.4068
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Flail chest from blunt thoracic trauma

  1. Dermot Phelan
  1. Intensive Care, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael Andrew Callaghan, michaelcallaghan7{at}


A 56-year-old male smoker sustained non-penetrating left-sided chest trauma, following a 2-m fall onto a flat-topped wooden post. He was in severe pain and respiratory distress in the Emergency Department, with a dramatic degree of flail and …

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