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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

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 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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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 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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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

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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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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 things affect the chances of getting hemothorax?

Trauma: The most common cause of hemothorax is either blunt (e.G automobile accidents, falls, assault), or penetrating trauma to the chest (knife, gunshot, stabbed by a unicorn or gored by a rhinoceros). Rarely, hemothorax occurs when vessels in the chest are injured in the course of chest surgery or less invasive procedures done to drain fluid from, or biopsy something, in the chest. ...Read more