6 doctors weighed in:
What is the difference between a pneumothorax and a hemothorax?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Allen Kamrava
Surgery - Colorectal
4 doctors agree
In brief: Air V. Blood
Pneumo: air hemo: blood thorax: chest cavity.

In brief: Air V. Blood
Pneumo: air hemo: blood thorax: chest cavity.
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Dr. Allen Kamrava
Thank
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Air leak, blood leak
A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) is due to an air leak from the inside of the lung through the covering of the lung, out into the space between the lung and the ribs.
The site of the leak has some damage, which heals itself later. With a hemothorax, it is not air that is filling the chest cavity between the lung and the rib cage, but it is blood (the blood can come from any broken vein or artery.

In brief: Air leak, blood leak
A collapsed lung (pneumothorax) is due to an air leak from the inside of the lung through the covering of the lung, out into the space between the lung and the ribs.
The site of the leak has some damage, which heals itself later. With a hemothorax, it is not air that is filling the chest cavity between the lung and the rib cage, but it is blood (the blood can come from any broken vein or artery.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
23 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors