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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 23(5); 2012 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2012;23(5): 753-756.
A Case of Spontaneous Hemo-pneumothorax
Min Su Jo, Han Ho Doh, Seung Chul Lee, Jung Hun Lee, Jun Suk Seo
Department of Emergency Medicine, Dongguk University Medical Center Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea. erdo@paran.com
Spontaneous hemo-pneumothorax, a hemothorax that occurs without trauma, is a very rare condition; however, as a result of excessive bleeding, it can be lethal. Also, if the bleeding is scanty, the physician might recognize hemothorax in case of performing invasive procedures, such as chest tube insertion, and may misunder stand as a complication of the procedure. For this reason, acknowledgement of the spontaneous hemo-pneumothorax in the emergency department is very important. We report on a case of a spontaneous hemo-pneumothorax in a healthy 18-year-old male presenting with chest pain who developed a spontaneous pneumothorax with a profuse amount of hemothorax.
Key words: Spontaneous hemo-pneumothorax, Pneumothorax, Hemothorax
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