- Defining characteristics:
Disruption of the cortex in one or multiple ribs
- Common differential diagnoses:
Traumatic fracture, healing fracture, pathologic fracture, artifactual due to positioning
- Helpful additional data:
Was there a trauma (vehicular, dog attack, etc)? History of respiratory distress or severe coughing?
- Commonly associated diagnostics:
Consider a thoracic ultrasound. Consider *SignalCare MDB in advance of medical or surgical therapy.
- Commonly associated treatments:
Discuss analgesia, consider strict cage confinement, discuss surgical options, and consider compression wrap. Treatment of underlying pulmonary disease.
- Commonly associated home care:
Strict cage rest, analgesia
*SignalCare MDB = CBC/Chemistry/Urinalysis/Thoracic ultrasound/Abdominal ultrasound