What is the significance of a hemothorax found in a patient with a diaphragmatic injury?

Updated: Jul 13, 2020
  • Author: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM; Chief Editor: Jeffrey C Milliken, MD  more...
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A hemothorax found in association with a diaphragmatic injury in either penetrating or blunt trauma may actually have its origin from an intra-abdominal source. Blood from injured abdominal organs may traverse a diaphragmatic tear and enter the thoracic cavity. In cases of hemothorax with diaphragmatic injury, the clinician should strongly consider the possibility of intra-abdominal injury. [32]


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