haemothorax

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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.

Last reviewed 01/2018

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