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Blunt Chest Trauma, Ambulatory Care
Blunt chest trauma
is 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. You may have no signs or symptoms, or you may have bruising, pain, or soreness.
Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:
- Increased chest pain or pain in your upper back or neck
- Uneven or fast heartbeat
- Trouble breathing or fast breathing, or coughing up blood
- Swollen neck veins
- Blue fingernails, toenails, or lips
- Shifting to one side of your throat or the front of your neck
- Confusion or feeling like you are going to faint
Treatment for blunt chest trauma
may include prescription medicine to decrease your pain.
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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