A compression injury is caused by the sudden and severe circumferential compression of the rib cage.
It can be caused by a motor vehicle accident, cave-in, fall, or other source of severe blunt chest injury.
Signs and symptoms of a compression injury include the following.
a. Multiple rib fractures, which may included a flail chest.
b. A feeling of increased pressure within the chest.
c. Distended neck veins.
d. Bulging eyes.
e. Pulmonary contusion.
f. Severe respiratory distress.