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Several: Chest pain, shortness of breath, cough & secondary effects of blood loss (such as lightheadedness, dizziness, fast heart beat, pale color, cold clammy extremities, feeble pulses etc.). The extent and severity of symptoms depends upon the size of the hemothorax and its cause. Please talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. ...Read more
Blood: In a nut shell- not much, in the chest, it can be a problem (sorry, couldn't resist the set up line). Hemothorax is blood in the pleural space, and it can lead to big problems if the blood is not evacuated as completely as possible. It can be caused by trauma or by some medical procedures (e.g. Biopsies). Blood can "harden" around the lung, causing lost lung function and sometimes chronic infxn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ABC ...: A. Make sure the patient has an open airway (may require breathing tube). B. Make sure the patient can breathe. In case of a massive hemothorax, this involves draining the blood out of the chest with a tube so that the lung can expand and exchange gas. C. Ensure adequate circulation. The patient may require fluid or blood resiscitation, as well as control of the bleeding. That's just abc ... ...Read more
Short of breath: Hemothorax means 'blood surrounding the lung'. Invariably, hemothroax is caused by a major trauma to the rib cage. Multiple rib fractures can bleed (internally) into the pleural space causing the 'hemothorax' which can produce symptoms of: shortness of breath and pain. Usually the blood is drained through a 'chest tube' placed into to pleural space. The prodecure is done by er doctor or surgeon. ...Read more
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