Flail chest
When enough ribs are broken (usually from a crush injury) to compromise the rigidity of the chest wall. On inspiration, the chest wall moves inward instead of outward and the opposite on expiration.

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fracture of two or more ribs in two or more places, resulting from trauma. It produces an unstable 'flail' segment and is often associated with underlying lung trauma or pneumothorax. It leads to asphyxia unless corrected promptly.

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paradoxical movement of the chest wall with respiration, owing to multiple fractures of the ribs.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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