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I suffered rib fracture which even resulted in fluid formation in my lungs area after a bike accident. Kindly help.

Last Updated - Fri, Mar 16 2018

Detailed Question:

Ten days ago while riding on my motorbike, I fell down on my
right side and got hurt from shoulder to waist. There was no bleeding but I
hurt my bones, especially my ribs and shoulder part. It was paining a lot and
there was difficulty in breathing and also I felt pain while coughing.

So initially I took medicines prescribed by a general physician and got a
little relief but it was not totally cured so I consulted a specialist, who saw
my X-Ray and gave some medicines and a tube to rub on affected parts. My X-Ray
report stated that in my body following were observed:

  1. Multiple Right Rib Fractures (3 to 7 Ribs) 
  2. Right Sided Mild Pleural effusion, i.e. it was told to me some liquid is prevailing therein.

So, I was asked to consult a Thoracic Cardiac Doctor. 

I am regularly taking the medicines and scrubbing the tube on my affected
parts. Can the fractures be recovered by taking the medicines regularly? I am
feeling improvement each passing day but not totally recovered as I still feel
pain in movements. Secondly, how to dry the liquid (Mild Pleural Effusion) from
the affected part in Ribs and around my ribs? Other than the observations I
have mentioned above, there was no more problems with my X-ray as confirmed by
the doctor who inspected it. Kindly help.

Category: General Physician

Dr. Aditi Gupta

MD - Internal Medicine
Angeles University


The fracture in your ribs has caused bleeding and fluid collection in your lung
area, which requires immediate intervention. This is due to inflammation from
the outside due to your accident. This can be healed by a simple puncture made
with a needle in your chest by a trained Cardio-thoracic Surgeon and hence it
requires you to see a specialist for this field. This procedure is a quick one,
but when done wrongly can be life threatening, hence a trained hand is

You can always seek advice from any doctor, but the procedure has to be
performed under special care, hygiene and local anaesthesia to cure the pleural
effusion. Your fracture will heal by itself, although it may take weeks to
months depending on the site, type and size of its injury's extent. You must
continue the medicines meanwhile, but you should understand that those
medicines alone will not help in healing the pleural effusion and the pleural
tap has to be performed asap. Take care & get well soon. 

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Dr. Aditi Gupta

MD - Internal Medicine
Angeles University

Dr. Aditi Gupta has worked in the emergency department for Hospitals like Fortis Hospital (Bengaluru)and St.Philomena's Hospital(Bengaluru). She has also participated in numerous health studies in Philippines.

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Rib fracture & fluid in lungs - JustDoc

I have rib fracture due to an accident. Also, there is fluid formation near my lung area. Feeling improvement from medicines but not recovered totally