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Management of flail chest injury: internal fixation versus endotracheal intubation and ventilation.
Use of bilevel positive airway pressure ventilatory support for pathological flail chest complicating multiple myeloma.
Flail chest occurs most commonly as the result of traumatic injury, has been estimated to affect 1 in 13 patients with fractured ribs, and even with modern therapy can be a source of morbidity and mortality.
Her initial care in the intensive care unit stabilized her blood gases, and staff tried to stabilize her flail chest nonsurgically.
immediately developed air hunger, failure of the flail chest segment, and stridor, a high-pitched crowing sound produced when a patient is trying to force air through a swollen upper airway.
s physicians had tried to manage a trauma case without appreciating the special needs of a patient with flail chest.