Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fractured Sternum Treatment

Treatment for a sternum fracture may include rest, cold compresses, narcotic pain medication, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for a severe sternum fracture usually includes heart monitoring, and oxygen therapy. Those with a severely displaced sternum fracture may require surgery to repair the fracture.

Specific treatment for a sternum fracture may include:


Treatment for a severe sternum fracture may include:

Fractured Sternum Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a sternum fracture:

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Last Updated: Jun 13, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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