Nontraumatic bilateral first rib fractures.

Published online: Dec 27 1998

A Tsukada, S Uchiyama, H Toriumi, H Nakagawa, and T Miyasaka.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Suwa Red Cross Hospital, Nagano, Japan.


The authors report the case of a 21-year old woman who presented bilateral spontaneous fractures of the first ribs, in the posterior portion on the right side, in the anterior portion on the left side. The pathogenesis of spontaneous fractures of the first rib is discussed.