also spelled  haemothorax 

      collection of a bloody fluid in the pleural cavity, between the membrane lining the thoracic cage and the membrane covering the lung. Hemothorax may result from injury or surgery, especially when there has been damage to the larger blood vessels (blood vessel) of the chest wall. Other disorders that cause hemothorax include pulmonary embolism and certain tumours (tumour). If hemothorax interferes with breathing, a tube is inserted through the chest wall into the pleural space to drain the blood. Continued bleeding through the tube necessitates surgical exploration.

      If both air and blood are present in the pleural cavity, the condition is called hemopneumothorax. This condition generally is caused by a penetrating chest wound or occasionally by rupture of the lung or esophagus. Surgical exploration is often required.

John Hansen-Flaschen

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Hemothorax — Hémothorax Hémothorax CIM 10 : J94.2 Un hémothorax est un épanchement de sang dans la cavité pleurale. Sa cause est la plupart du temps traumatique. Ses conséquences peuvent être graves et dépendent de l importance de l épanchement. Le pronostic… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • hémothorax — ● hémothorax nom masculin Épanchement de sang dans la cavité pleurale. hémothorax [emotɔʀaks] n. m. ÉTYM. 1846, Bescherelle; de hémo (→ Héma ), et thorax. ❖ ♦ Pathol …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Hemothorax — Hem o*tho rax, n. [NL. See {Hemo }, and {Thorax}.] (Med.) An effusion of blood into the cavity of the pleura. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hémothorax — Classification internationale des maladies CIM 10 : J94.2 Hémothorax chez un animal Un hémothorax est …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Hemothorax — Infobox Disease Name = Hemothorax Caption = DiseasesDB = 19762 ICD10 = ICD10|J|94|2|j|90, ICD10|S|27|1|s|20 ICD9 = ICD9|511.8, ICD9|860 ICDO = OMIM = MedlinePlus = eMedicineSubj = med eMedicineTopic = 2915 eMedicine mult = eMedicine2|ped|971 |… …   Wikipedia

  • hemothorax — Blood in the pleural cavity. SYN: hemathorax. * * * he·mo·tho·rax or chiefly Brit hae·mo·tho·rax .hē mə thō(ə)r .aks, thȯ(ə)r n, pl tho·rax·es or tho·ra·ces thōr ə .sēz, thȯr blood in the pleural cavity * * * he· …   Medical dictionary

  • hémothorax — (é mo to raks ) s. m. Terme de médecine. Épanchement de sang dans le thorax. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Hémo...., et thorax …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • hemothorax — n. blood in the pleural cavity (Medicine) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hemothorax — he·mo·thorax …   English syllables

  • hemothorax — noun accumulation of blood in the pleural cavity (the space between the lungs and the walls of the chest) • Syn: ↑haemothorax • Hypernyms: ↑congestion * * * |hēmō, |hemō+ noun Etymology: New Latin, from hem + thorax …   Useful english dictionary

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