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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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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.

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