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Blunt Chest Trauma


Blunt chest trauma is a sudden, forceful injury to your chest. It is often caused by a car or motorcycle accident, blast injury, or a fall. It may also be caused by a sports injury, such as a hit from a baseball.


Call 911 for any of the following:

  • You have increased chest pain or pain in your upper back or neck.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have an uneven or fast heartbeat.
  • You have trouble breathing, or fast breathing, or you cough up blood.
  • Your neck veins swell.
  • Your fingernails, toenails, or lips turn blue.
  • You notice your throat or the front of your neck begin to shift to one side.
  • You are confused or feel like you are going to faint.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have new symptoms.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask how to take this medicine safely.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.