A bizarre story of a 66-year-old woman who was diagnosed with a cough -- who coughed so hard that she literally broke her rib -- has come to light. A new case report also reveals that the doctors feared that she might have flu.
The name of the patient remains unknown but what is known is the fact that she sought medical assistance when she could not get rid of her dry cough problem that had reportedly plagued her for almost two weeks straight.
Although her identity is not known, the trouble she experienced by pain in her "right side" has made it onto national media levels.
The 66-year-old had complained to the medical practitioner about her right side aching, along with a large violet bruise running the distance from between her rib cage and hip, which could undeniably be noticed even from afar.
A CT scan further revealed that the bruise was the result of a broken rib. She had unknowingly caused herself a displaced fracture of her ninth rib, which meant that the rib had been broken and the two ends of the broken rib had been separated.
According to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the break in her rib had also become the primary cause of a hernia in her chest wall.
The Massachusetts resident was initially diagnosed with a viral respiratory infection which led the medics to believe that she had the flu. However, her symptoms failed to improve and she eventually decided that she had to visit the doctor once again.
The swab results of this patient confirmed she had been suffering from whooping cough, despite her having been vaccinated against this deadly killer bug eight years prior. The vaccine’s effectiveness, however, fades away with time, which is likely why the doctors recommend getting a booster vaccine after every 10 years.
Whooping cough is a respiratory bacterial disease caused by Bordetella pertussis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The early symptoms of this disease are said to resemble the symptoms of a common cold, such as a runny nose and mild fever.
But, after a week or two, the health of the individual with this disease starts to further decline and sufferers are left with a violent cough which can become so severe that the infected person may cough over and over until the air from his or her lungs is completely gone. The sound the person makes when inhaling again resembles the "whooping" sound, hence the name.
Although the disease is most common in infants, even adults can experience severe complications from the illness -- one of which includes broken ribs.
In a study, according to the CDC, about 4 percent of adults with whooping cough have fractured a rib from coughing so severely.
The woman was dosed with antibiotics to treat her whooping cough and she needed surgery to treat her broken rib. Since then, she has reportedly made full recovery.
In another case, a 34-year-old British man made news on the internet because he reportedly ruptured his throat while trying to stop himself from sneezing.
He was taken in to the hospital in excruciating pain and had to be fed through a tube for several days.
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