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Md wants to treat hemothorax. What if I don't?
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Trapped lung, BAD!
Blood in the thorax will essentially "harden" for lack of a better term, surround and trap the lung (like a thick leathery blanket wrapped around your otherwise healthy lung tissue, rendering it useless).
This can lead to chronic infection, loss of lung function, and a significant impact on your quality of life. Hemothorax should be drained as completely and as quickly as possible.

In brief: Trapped lung, BAD!
Blood in the thorax will essentially "harden" for lack of a better term, surround and trap the lung (like a thick leathery blanket wrapped around your otherwise healthy lung tissue, rendering it useless).
This can lead to chronic infection, loss of lung function, and a significant impact on your quality of life. Hemothorax should be drained as completely and as quickly as possible.
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