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Haemothorax is bleeding into the pleural cavity.

A large haemorrhage causes the patient to go into shock; blood transfusion and, perhaps, surgical exploration to arrest bleeding is required.

A fibrinous ring may develop if aspiration to remove the blood clot is unsuccessful. This may cause restriction of chest movement, and so may have to be removed surgically.

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