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Therefore, CPAP may provide enough pneumatic force to stabilise the flail segments, thereby providing a true "internal pneumatic stabilisation" (11).
Data was collected from all patients who were subjected to detailed history and respiratory system examination to ascertain fracture ribs, flail segment and haemopneumothorax.
All patients had multiple rib fractures with severe displacement; one had bilateral flail segments and one had severely displaced unilateral single fractures without flail; all others had unilateral flail chests.