The lung is an exquisitely radiosensitive organ that can be damaged by external beam radiation therapy. The degree of pulmonary injury is determined by the volume of lung irradiated, the dose and rate of exposure, and potentiating factors
As the casualty draws breathe the chest moves normally, but the flail section will move inwards and outwards when the rest of the chest is moving outwards and inwards. These are known as paradoxical chest movements
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