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Bruises on chest, chest pain, shortness of breath. What is wrong?

I had a car accident last Wednesday. I went into the back of a car at 60mph. I have a large bruise on my chest which has got worse over the last few days. My whiplash pain has pretty much gone. I have developed more chest pain and shortness of breath today. It is painful to sniff. Is it deep bruising do you think? How long will I be bruised and in pain?
Asked On : Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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Hi Beagland
Thanks for coming to HCM

blunt trauma to the chest may cause muskuloskeletal injury which causes too much pain on the following days due to inflammatory process going on.
There may be possibility of rib fractures ar underlyuin contusion of pleura and lungs..
You must go for chest xray PA view to see any rib fractures, any collection of fluid in the pleural space.
Collection in the pleural space may be blood and needs urgent evacuation or else will lead to infection and fibrosis.
In the mean time you may try analgesics...

meet your doctor and take his opinion...
best wishes
Answered: Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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