Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fractures Three Ribs After Falling In Her Office

By  //  November 8, 2018

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, appointed to SCOTUS in 1993

ABOVE VIDEO: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the hospital after breaking three ribs in a fall at her office. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook joins CBSN to discuss the healing process and potential risks.

(CBS NEWS) – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs on her left side during a fall Wednesday evening in her office, the Supreme Court said Thursday.

The 85-year-old was admitted to a hospital for observation and treatment, according to a Supreme Court news release.

The statement said she initially went home after the fall, then went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Thursday morning “after experiencing discomfort.” She was admitted after tests showed three ribs were fractured.

This type of injury tends to be painful because the ribs move with each breath, said CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook, who is not involved in Ginsburg’s treatment. “Generally, it just really hurts,” he said, but the injury “should get better, if there are no complications.” One risk is that shallow breathing caused by pain can lead to the lungs not expanding to a normal extent, which can lead to pneumonia, LaPook said.

Ginsburg has broken ribs before. In 2012, she broke two ribs in a fall, The Associated Press reports.

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