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My eighty year old dad broke s ribs two days ago and he

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my eighty year old dad broke his ribs two days ago and he booked to go on a holiday with my mum in two weeks time. at the moment he is in a lot of piano. hospital did X-ray and mdi and said there a no signs of damages to other organs. They have to fly for an hour to their destination. Should he still go? I am very concerned. thank you
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 6 months ago.

Hello,

He can safely go on a holiday after two weeks.

As long as his broken ribs don't cause hemothorax (bleeding into pleural cavity) or pneumothorax (air in pleural cavity) then there shouldn't be a problem with air pressure while flying.

He may want to splint his ribs with a compression-type garment or an ACE wrap during the flight to help relieve pain when breathe.While flying, because of possible changes in air pressure, the splint around his chest can help to relieve painful respiration.

He can take OTC Motrin for pain.

And it's good to see his doctor one day before his travel for just a clinical examination.

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Customer: replied 6 months ago.
okay thank you but how does he know if he has hemothorax or pneumothorax in a week or so?
they scanned him two days ago but I know things can change so how will he know?
Does he have to have an other scan before leaving? thanks.
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 6 months ago.

A pneumothorax/hemothorax can show on a chest X-ray soon after the injury. However, it can occur later, even several days afterwards. So be alert for symptoms such as shortness of breath, increasing chest pain, or pain that is not near the break (fracture),pain in the lower part of the chest.

A repeat scan can be helpful before leaving.

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