Traumatic haemothorax

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Fall from 3 meters.

Patient Data

Age: 50

Chest radiograph

Minimally displaced rib fractures involving the left third, fourth, and eighth ribs. Opacification of the left hemithorax is in keeping with a large fluid/haemothorax collection. There is mediastinal shift towards the right. Pleural tube is noted placed in the left hemithorax base.

The right lung and pleural space are clear.

Case Discussion

The features are those of a traumatic left haemothorax in this clinical scenario. This was confirmed clinically with the chest tube. 

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Case information

rID: 47394
Published: 18th Aug 2016
Last edited: 19th Aug 2016
System: Chest
Tag: rmh
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