"Buckle" rib fracture: An artifact following cardio-pulmonary resuscitation detected on postmortem CT

Kyung-moo Yang, Matthew J Lynch, Chris O'Donnell

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Buckle rib fractures are incomplete fractures involving the inner cortex alone, and are rarely detected on routine chest X-ray or at autopsy. The characteristics of these fractures have not been well evaluated in situ although they are commonly observed on postmortem CT images especially following CPR. The postmortem CT findings in 42 cases showing buckle rib fractures caused by CPR were reviewed. The cause of death in all cases was non-traumatic. The shape, number, location, and distribution of these buckle rib fractures and their relationship to other types of rib fractures were evaluated using a novel oblique axial multiplanar reconstruction technique
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233 - 239
Number of pages7
JournalLegal Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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