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Journal of Trauma & Treatment
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Review Article

Modern Management of Traumatic Hemothorax

Hamid Reza Mahoozi, Jan Volmerig and Erich Hecker*

Thoraxzentrum Ruhrgebiet, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Evangelisches Krankenhaus, Herne, Germany

*Corresponding Author:
Erich Hecker
Thoraxzentrum Ruhrgebiet
Department of Thoracic Surgery
Evangelisches Krankenhaus, Herne, Germany
Tel: 0232349892212
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 28, 2016; Accepted date: August 17, 2016; Published date: August 19, 2016

Citation: Mahoozi HR, Volmerig J, Hecker E (2016) Modern Management of Traumatic Hemothorax. J Trauma Treat 5:326. doi:10.4172/2167-1222.1000326

Copyright: © 2016 Mahoozi HR. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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.