Sternum Fracture Overview
What is a sternum fracture?
A person with a sternum fracture has a broken sternum, caused by an injury. Most sternum fractures are caused by motor vehicle accidents. A sternum fracture may occur when the driver's chest strikes the steering wheel during the accident.
What are the symptoms of a sternum fracture?
The most common symptom of a sternum fracture includes chest pain over the center of the chest. The pain may be worse during movement or during a deep breath. Additional symptoms may include bruising, swelling, and tenderness over the sternum. Symptoms of a severe sternum fracture include difficulty breathing and a deformed chest.
How does the doctor treat a sternum fracture?
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 may include heart monitoring, oxygen therapy, and surgery to repair the fracture.
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