Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hemothorax Treatment

Treatment for hemothorax may include intravenous fluids, cardiac monitoring, and diuretics. The treatment for hemothorax often depends on the size of the collection of blood in the chest and the underlying cause for the hemothorax. Treatment may include thoracentesis or chest tube placement, which involves draining blood from the chest with a needle or tube.

Treatment for hemothorax may include:

  • Intravenous fluids
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Thoracentesis:
    • Placing a needle through the chest wall, in order to drain blood from the chest
  • Chest tube placement:
    • Placing a tube through the chest wall, in order to drain blood from the chest
  • Thoracoscopy:
    • Placing a flexible scope into the chest, in order to identify the bleeding site
  • Surgery for hemothorax:
    • To repair damaged or bleeding tissue
  • Blood transfusion for severe anemia

Hemothorax Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat hemothorax:

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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