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Question
Posted by: greg lehmann | 2020/02/08

Q.

Can coughing break ribs?

Before 5' Gloria Estefan suffered a broken back in a bus crash she came down with bronchitis while on a tour. She took some cough syrup for her bronchitis coughs but a book about the petite singer stated one of her bronchitis cough spasms broke blood vessels in her throat chest and bronchial tubes and developed pneumonia. And she broke 4 ribs from one of her cough spasms! But how did Gloria's bronchitis cough break these ribs?

Expert's Reply

A.

Flu expert
- 2020/02/25

Hi there

If the cough spasm is very severe, the muscles surrounding the ribs contracts so severely and strongly that it can crack or break a rib. 

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