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Data was collected from all patients who were subjected to detailed history and respiratory system examination to ascertain fracture ribs, flail segment and haemopneumothorax.
7) In flail chest, a negative force is generated beneath the flail segment during inspiration, resulting in the segment being pulled inward by the negative intrathoracic pressure.
A chest X-ray showed bilateral lung contusions, subcutaneous emphysema and multiple rib fractures with flail segments.