Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 180, Issue 4, pp 887–888 | Cite as

Isolated first rib fracture with minimal trauma

  • K. J. Breen
  • J. B. Conneely
  • D. C. Winter
Case Report



The traditional teaching states that upper rib fractures are associated with severe trauma and a high risk of neurovascular insult.

Material and Methods

We present the case of an 18-year-old male who sustained an isolated, uncomplicated fracture of the first rib by falling on his elbow during a soccer match.


This case illustrates that an uncomplicated upper rib fracture can occur with minor trauma. The term “rebound” fracture is proposed for this type of rib injury.


First rib Fracture Isolated Trauma 


Conflict of interest



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© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, iCORESt. Vincent’s University HospitalDublin 4Ireland

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