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Table 2 Comparison of the pulmonary ventilation function of different sites of fracture on the chest wall

From: Preliminary study of the characteristics of rib fractures and their impact on pulmonary ventilatory function

site n VC P FEV1 P PEF P
Left 60 0.43 (0.24–0.69) 0.292 0.38 (0.20–0.72) 0.627 0.18 (0.09–0.41) 0.567
Right 46 0.44 (0.28–0.83)   0.36 (0.24–0.66)   0.19 (0.07–0.70)  
Bilateral 12 0.36 (0.24–0.66)   0.35 (0.20–0.70)   0.19 (0.12–0.43)  
High 5 0.47 (0.32–0.54) 0.766 0.33 (0.30–0.56) 0.427 0.20 (0.15–0.32) 0.899
Middle 9 0.53 (0.27–0.83)   0.51 (0.26–0.77)   0.22 (0.15–0.41)  
Low 8 0.55 (0.50–0.60)   0.55 (0.42–0.68)   0.43 (0.16–0.70)  
Anterior 13 0.43 (0.32–0.83) 0.508 0.35 (0.27–0.77) 0.442 0.19 (0.13–0.34) 0.695
Lateral 19 0.45 (0.27–0.66)   0.41 (0.25–0.72)   0.19 (0.13–0.43)  
Posterior 12 0.48 (0.38–0.61)   0.43 (0.36–0.68)   0.18 (0.15–0.70)  
  1. VC vital capacity, FEV1 forced expiratory volume in one second, PEF peak expiratory flow