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Wilderness: Chest Injuries (cont.)

Chest Injury Symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing, failure of the chest to expand normally, crunching sounds in the ribs, bruising, and coughing up blood indicate a chest injury.

  • One segment of the chest wall may not move with breathing or move opposite to the rest of the chest wall (flail chest).

  • Even without an obvious external injury, a significant internal injury can occur.

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