Rib fractures as a cause of immediate neonatal tachypnoea

L. Landman*, R. Homburg, L. Sirota, F. Dulizky

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-488
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 1986


  • Fractured ribs
  • Neonate
  • Tachypnoea


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