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How is hemothorax diagnosed?

How is hemothorax diagnosed?

Listen and tap: Fluid in pleural space established clinically by decreased breath sounds and dullness to percussion of the affected area. Cxr will demonstrate pleural fluid, but to know what kind of fluid it is important to insert a needle and look at it directly. ...Read more

Dr. Victor Morell
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Hemothorax (Definition)

Hemothorax is the condition where blood accumulates in the chest cavity, around the lungs. It is most often caused by trauma, but can also be caused by infections or ...Read more


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What are the tests for hemothorax?

What are the tests for hemothorax?

% of red cells in th: You have to aspirated the fluid, if it id bloody or red & do a hematocrit or the percentage of red cells in the fluid, then can make the diagnosis of hemothorax. ...Read more

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Recovery for a massive hemothorax?

Inadequate info: Depends on underlying cause, patient's age & associated medical conditions, response to ongoing treatments etc. Please discuss it with your treating physician. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a hemothorax?

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

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My daughter has hemothorax. What is it in a nutshell?

My daughter has hemothorax. What is it in a nutshell?

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 more

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What is treatment for massive hemothorax?

What is treatment for massive hemothorax?

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

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What is hemothorax?

Definition...: Hemothorax is when there is blood in the space between the lining of the lung and the lining of the chest wall cavity. ...Read more

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Recovery time for a massive hemothorax?

Recovery time for a massive hemothorax?

That depends: We would need more information. Was this from trauma? Were there other injuries? What do you mean by massive? How much blood loss? Surgery? More details would allow for the response you need. ...Read more

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What symptoms does someone with hemothorax have?

What symptoms does someone with hemothorax have?

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