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Image finding: Healed rib fracture




 

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Findings of an excess localized thickening of the ribs indicates callous formation from an old healed rib fracture on the right. In this radiograph, the finding is made obvious by its posterior mid thoracic position on the right.

Nondisplaced recent rib fractures which have not yet formed callous may be considerably more difficult to diagnose, particularly if they lie in the anterior ribs or laterally where the x-ray beam image is at a grazing angle.

Other causes of increased calcific density may include fibrous dysplasias, osteomas and other more generalized pathologic processes

   
 
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