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Functional Impact of a Minor Thoracic Injury: An Investigation of Age, Delayed Hemothorax, and Rib Fracture Effects
A prospective evaluation of patients suffering minor thoracic injuries was performed to assess functional impact at 90 days. One-third had at least 1 rib fracture and 12% had a delayed hemothorax. 23% had severe or moderate disabilities at 90 days, which was more common among those with more severe injuries. Outcomes were unrelated to age.