A 53-year-old male asked:
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four broken ribs in middle back 7 weeks ago. pain is gone but now have persistent dry cough and shortness of breath. is this possibly hemothorax?

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Dr. Theresa Henderson
40 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Pneumothorax: Your symptoms are unlikely to be a hemathorax (blood in chest cavity) or pneumothorax (air in the chest cavity) though not impossible. With a residual pneumothorax, the symptoms you describe can occur. You should get a chest X-Ray and see your physician to be sure you do not have some partial lung collapse from not deep breathing for a prolonged period of time. Q
Answered on Jun 30, 2016
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