ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Unusual presentation of a spontaneous fracture of a first rib: a case report
Walid Abu Arab, Vincent Echavé, Marco Sirois
Faculté de Médecine et des Sciences de la Santé, Université de Sherbrooke, Service de Chirurgie Thoracique, Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2012.031
Spontaneous fractures of the first rib are rare. In this article, a 16-year-old male, with a spontaneous first rib fracture, was reported. Most fractures in the first rib occur at the subclavian groove which is the thinnest and weakest portion of the rib. However, in this case the fracture occurred at an uncommon region, posterior to the insertion of the scalenus medius muscle, in the first rib. Patient was presented with a mass lesion at posterior part of the right first rib which was discovered accidentally on chest X-ray done for medical follow-up.
Keywords : Chest pain/therapy; magnetic resonance imaging; rib fracture/diagnosis
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