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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 is the difference between a hemothorax and a pneumothorax?

What is the difference between a hemothorax and a pneumothorax?

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 more

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So why is hemothorax more associated with a higher mortality rate than pneumothorax?

So why is hemothorax more associated with a higher mortality rate than pneumothorax?

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 more

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What are symptoms of hemothorax vs. Tension pneumothorax?

What are symptoms of hemothorax vs. Tension pneumothorax?

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

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What is the differential diagnosis of hemothorax vs. Tension pneumothorax?

What is the differential diagnosis of hemothorax vs. Tension pneumothorax?

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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What is the difference between pneumothorax and emphysema on x-ray?

What is the difference between pneumothorax and emphysema on x-ray?

CXR: A pneumothorax will appear as a black space. Its a dropped decompressed lung. Emphysema will appear as hyperinflated lung. Rib counting will help you determine this. ...Read more

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Doc, what is the difference between pneumothorax and emphysema? Thank you.i am a med student

Doc, what is the difference between pneumothorax and emphysema?  Thank you.i am a med student

Big difference: pneumothorax when the integrity of negative pressure around the lung were violated, so air escape from outside in and push against the lung to the point of collapse,tension pneumothorax when the lung completely collapsed. emphysema is a chronic disease, where the alveoli get so stretched it loose the alasticity and air get trapped inside, and that will cause problem with exchange of the O2 and CO2 ...Read more

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What is the difference between pneumothorax and pulmonary edema?

What is the difference between pneumothorax and pulmonary edema?

Different: When lungs get filled with fluid is called pulmonary edema as seen in heart failure , when air enters in the pleural cavity ; displaces lung ( pneumothorax ) as seen in reputes of lung bleb , both conditions will interfere lung function , can be lethal if untreated ...Read more

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How does a newborn infant get a pneumothorax and what's the difference between that an a tension pneumo?

How does a newborn infant get a pneumothorax  and what's the difference between that an a tension pneumo?

Colapsed Lung: A pneumothorax occurs when air gets in the the space between the chest wall and the lung. This space should not contain anything. So when air gets in, the lungs have to become smaller. A tension-pneumothorax is when the contents of the chest (heart, lung, collapsed lung) all shift to one side. Typically this is life threatening because blood cannot flow well. We don't always know why this is. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Collapsed Lung (Definition)

Pneumothorax is the collection of air or gas in the space inside the chest around the lungs, which leads ...Read more