stove-in chest is a subtype of flail chest in which there is a depression or collapse of a segment of the chest wall, usually as the result of a direct blow
‘Stove-in chest’ is a rare and complex type of flail chest injury where the flail segment collapses into the chest.
Severe crush injury to the chest several ribs may fracture
Movements in Respiration
- Inspiration- loose flap sucks in
Expiration – it blows out
- Exhibit – paradoxical respiratory movement
Blunt force trauma
Stove-in chest differs from typical flail chest in that Stove-in chest is usually due to blunt force trauma to the chest.
Stove-in chest occurs when the wall of the chest collapses, due to three or more ribs breaking upon impact.
Associated swinging movements of the mediastinum produce severe shock
Injury requires – urgent treatment
Associated with – high immediate mortality