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Table 3 Comparison of pulmonary ventilation function according to the total number of fractured ribs

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

Total n VC P FEV1 P PEF P
≤ 3 9 0.50 (0.27–0.64) 1.137 0.42 (0.26–0.68) 0.450 0.20 (0.15–0.70) 0.163
≥ 4 109 0.42 (0.24–0.83)   0.38 (0.20–0.77)   0.18 (0.07–0.45)  
≤ 4 25 0.47 (0.27–0.83) 0.009 0.44 (0.25–0.77) 0.012 0.20 (0.12–0.70) 0.031
≥ 5 93 0.40 (0.24–0.69)   0.37 (0.20–0.72)   0.17 (0.07–0.43)  
  1. VC vital capacity, FEV1 forced expiratory volume in one second, PEF peak expiratory flow