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Fractured sternum and phlegm in throat

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I was in a car accident Nov 5/10. In Feb. my doctor realized I had a fractured sternum. I noticed that I have Flem in my throat alot. I find more so in the evenings around dinner time. I take spoon fulls of honey, that helps a little bit. What can this be? Can you help me?


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replied May 9th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A11878
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned with fractured sternum after a car accident and phlegm in throat.
Sternal fracture is commonly associated with injuries to heart and lungs though isolated sternal fracture is known as well. X-ray chest may miss the sternal fracture if side or the lateral view is not taken and that might be the reason why the diagnosis of sternal fracture was delayed in your case or it might be the case that fracture is a hairline fracture without any symptoms.
Still you should discuss with your physician if a CT is helpful in your case to rule out any underlying injury. If it is an isolated sternal fracture only then there is nothing much to worry.
About the phlegm in throat that you have mentioned there are a number of reasons such as allergies, chronic bronchitis, chronic rhinitis, bronchiectasis, nasal polyps, nasopharyngeal carcinoma and nicotine addiction. You can follow up with your physician for definitive diagnosis and management as the same cannot be made online.
Hope this helps. Take care.



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