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Air or blood: Pneumothorax is an accumulation of air outside your lung but inside your chest/ribcage. Hemothorax is an accumulation of blood outside your lung but inside your chest/ribcage. Both may be commonly described as "collapsed lung" because the air and/or blood in this space displaces your lung and prevents complete expansion of your lung. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chest pain: Hemothorax and tension pneumothorax will both present with chest pain and shortness of breath. Both can also present with severely low blood pressure. However, this can depend on the amount of blood lost in a hemothorax. Both are considered surgical emergencies and need to be treated. ...Read more
Major organ damage: A hemothorax is when bleeding occurs in the chest cavity collapsing the lung. This suggests significant injury to lung, heart, or major vessels in chest cavity. A pneumothorax can be severe and life threatening as well but can occur with very little trauma to the lung. It is easily managed with a chest tube. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is in the chest: Tension pneumothorax occurs when air under pressure fills the space around the lung. This can compress the heart and impede blood from entering the heart. Hemothorax occurs when blood is filling the space around the lungs. You can have both air and blood in your chest. Both conditions can be dangerous and require management by a physician. ...Read more
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