Information for patients with rib injuries

Cork Emergency Departments

A rib fracture is a break or crack in a rib. These don't always show on x-ray, but can be diagnosed on examination. You may have one or more fractures; these will heal on their own in about 4 to 6 weeks. It is important to follow the advice below to avoid complications.

When you go home

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Contact your own doctor if

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Seek medical help immediately if:


If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended:

Mercy Injury Unit, Gurranabraher (021)4926900

LIU Mallow(022)58506

LIU Bantry(027)52900

Dr Gemma Kelleher, Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan, Consultants in Emergency Medicine. Last review Dr IOS 17/06/21.