Journal of Trauma & Treatment

ISSN: 2167-1222

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Modern Management of Traumatic Hemothorax


Hamid Reza Mahoozi, Jan Volmerig, Erich Hecker

Hemothorax is defined as a bleeding into pleural cavity. Hemothorax is a frequent manifestation of blunt chest trauma. Some authors suggested a hematocrit value more than 50% for differentiation of a hemothorax from a sanguineous pleural effusion. Hemothorax is also often associated with penetrating chest injury or chest wall blunt trauma with skeletal injury. Much less common, it may be related to pleural diseases, induced iatrogenic or develop spontaneously. In the vast majority of blunt and penetrating trauma cases, hemothoraces can be managed by relatively simple means in the course of care.


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