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Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology  2017, Vol. 44 Issue (2): 296-298    DOI: 10.12891/ceog3393.2017
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Rib stress fractures in pregnancy: a case report and review of literature
S. Pouwels1, *(), Y.A. Dabekausen2
1 Department of Surgery, Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2 Department of Gynaecology, Gelre Hospital, Zutphen, The Netherlands
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Abstract  
Thoracic pain in pregnancy has a broad differential diagnosis. The authors report a young pregnant woman with acute pain in the thoracic region due to a rib fracture after a coughing flare. Physicians must be aware of the broad differential diagnosis (and its clinical consequences) of thoracic pain in pregnancy. Radiographic imaging is not necessary if the clinical signs are obvious. If there is no suspicion for underlying pathology other (expensive) diagnostic tests lose their value. Treatment consists of adequate analgesia and no further measures need to be taken.
Key words:  Rib stress facture      Stress fracture      Pregnancy     
Published:  10 April 2017     
*Corresponding Author(s):  S. POUWELS     E-mail:  Sjaak.pouwels@catharinaziekenhuis.nl

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S. Pouwels, Y.A. Dabekausen. Rib stress fractures in pregnancy: a case report and review of literature. Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2017, 44(2): 296-298.

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