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Ossification centres, not rib fractures
  1. Jarlath McAloon,
  2. Conor O'Neill
  1. Paediatric Department, Antrim Hospital, Antrim, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jarlath McAloon, Paediatric Department, Antrim Hospital, 45 Bush Road, Antrim BT41 2RL, UK; jarlath.mcaloon{at}

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Unexpected reports of healing rib fractures should be carefully evaluated in order to ensure appropriate follow-up investigations.

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A 10-month-old febrile boy was discharged from the accident and emergency (A&E) department after assessment that included a chest x-ray. Five days later, the A&E consultant received a radiologist's report describing possible healing rib fractures. …

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