Hemothorax Research Paper

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Hemothorax is a buildup of blood between your lung and the wall of your chest (pleural cavity). It is usually from an injury that results in bleeding. Hemothorax can be a dangerous condition. As blood builds up in the pleural cavity, it can press on your lung and make it hard for you to breathe. Your lung may collapse (pneumothorax). This means that air leaks from your lung and builds up in your pleural cavity. This prevents your lung from expanding. CAUSES An injury (trauma) that causes a tear in a lung or in a blood vessel in the chest is the main cause of a hemothorax. Other possible causes include: • Tuberculosis. • An injury caused by placing a tube into a blood vessel in the chest (central venous catheter). • Cancer in the chest.

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