European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 144, Issue 5, pp 487–488 | Cite as

Rib fractures as a cause of immediate neonatal tachypnoea

  • L. Landman
  • R. Homburg
  • L. Sirota
  • F. Dulizky
Original Investigations

Abstract

Two macroscopic term neonates are described who presented with uncomplicated tachypnoea immediately following vaginal delivery. The tachypnoea was not associated with lung injury, metabolic, endocrine or cardio-respiratory disease but with multiple unilateral posterior rib fractures. The neonatologist should be aware that neonatal tachypnoea immediately after vaginal term delivery, especially in macrosomic infants, may be caused by the pain of fractured ribs. The diagnosis can be made only by careful inspection of the ribs on chest X-ray.

Key words

Neonate Tachypnoea Fractured ribs 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Landman
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • R. Homburg
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • L. Sirota
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • F. Dulizky
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeonatologyHasharon HospitalPetah-TikvaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyHasharon HospitalPetah-TikvaIsrael
  3. 3.Tel-Aviv University Medical SchoolTel-AvivIsrael

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