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Posted by: Teresa Thiart | 2009/08/11

Cracked Ribs

How would you know if you have cracked ribs and if they are only bruised? And how will you know if you have internal bleeding?

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Hallo Teresa
A cracked rib is usually very sore when you breathe, laugh or cough and if it is broken you may feel a gritty feeling like two rough edges scraping against each other when you touch the area or breathe in deeply. You can only see if it is broken with an x/ray. Internal bleeding will cause shortness of breath if it is in the chest cavity or a swelling over the area if it is in the chest wall.
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