Infant ribs: generalized periosteal reaction resulting from vibrator chest physiotherapy

Radiology. 1987 Mar;162(3):811-2. doi: 10.1148/radiology.162.3.3809498.


A case is reported of diffuse periosteal new bone formation involving the ribs in an infant who received physiotherapy of the chest performed with a vibrator. The abnormality probably resulted from periosteal trauma caused by prolonged vibrator therapy. Since this form of pulmonary therapy is common in newborn intensive care nurseries, radiologists may encounter this finding occasionally.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Osteogenesis
  • Periosteum / physiopathology*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities / adverse effects*
  • Respiration Disorders / physiopathology
  • Respiration Disorders / therapy*
  • Ribs / injuries*
  • Ribs / physiopathology
  • Thorax*
  • Vibration / adverse effects*
  • Vibration / therapeutic use