paradoxical chest movement

paradoxical chest movement

An apparent inward movement of part of the chest wall on inspiration that may occur as a result of extensive rib fractures and a collapsed underlying lung.
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The presence of a flail chest alone has a reported mortality rate of 33% due to the paradoxical chest movement that inhibits effective ventilation.