Medical Questions > Conditions and Diseases > Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Forum

Fractured sternum and phlegm in throat

Must Read
Do you know the three main reasons we cough? Learn common causes of cough and when coughing might indicate a more serious health problem....
Coughing is normal. But what can cause more troublesome coughs? Learn more about possible causes of cough here....
When should you see a doctor about cough symptoms? When are symptoms a sign of further complications? Learn about cough symptoms basics here....
User Profile
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?

Did you find this post helpful?

User Profile
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.

Did you find this post helpful?
This question has been answered by the doctor. This topic is now open for public discussion, however no comments below this point will be answered by a doctor.
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.