Battle of the Chest: Flail Ribs vs. Tension in the Lungs

This article discusses the differences between flail chest and tension pneumothorax. Flail chest refers to a condition where multiple ribs are broken, causing a segment of the chest wall to become detached. This can lead to difficulty in breathing and chest pain. In contrast, tension pneumothorax is a condition where air enters the chest cavity, causing the lung to collapse and putting pressure on the heart. Both conditions require immediate medical attention.