Journal of Hong Kong College of Radiologists

Volume 4 Number 4, 2001

Fracture of the Costal Cartilage: Computed Tomography Assists Diagnosis

WC Torreggiani,1 ID Lyburn,1 F Thornton,2 MJ Lee2
1Department of Radiology, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, Canada,
2Department of Radiology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.

Rib fractures are common and almost always involve the osseous component of a rib. They are typically diagnosed on plain film. Fractures of the costal cartilage are rare and are invisible on plain film. We describe a case in which computed tomography aided in the visualisation of a displaced cartilaginous fracture. To our knowledge, computed tomography-assisted diagnosis of a displaced costal fracture has not previously been described. (J HK Coll Radiol 2001;4:274-276)

Key words: Computed tomography, Costal cartilage, Fracture

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