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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN: 0972-5229
EISSN: 1998-359x
Vol. 10, No. 4, 2006, pp. 254-256
Bioline Code: cm06036
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2006, pp. 254-256

 en Case Report-Delayed life-threatening hemothorax without rib fractures after blunt chest trauma
Chinnan NevinKollannoor, Mohamed Shabaan AshrafIbrahim, Palkar SudheerD


Delayed hemothorax in blunt chest trauma is described as a late presentation of hemothorax after a normal chest X-ray on admission. To detect this clinical entity a repeat chest X-ray is advised after six hours, especially when the first radiograph reveals rib or thoracic vertebral fractures or any significant injury to the thoracic viscera. However, this repeats chest X-ray examination is often not done in patients in whom a significant thoracic trauma has been excluded in the primary and secondary survey. Here, we discuss a case of massive delayed hemothorax after 16 hours of the blunt chest trauma despite a near normal admission chest X-ray and absence of significant chest trauma in the primary and secondary surveys.

Blunt chest trauma, delayed hemothorax

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