GERALD A. BEATTY, M.D., F.A.C.P.; ROBERT W. FRELICK, M.D.
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Spontaneous pneumothorax is relatively common, but its complication by hemorrhage is thought to be unusual. The problem of spontaneous hemopneumothorax has been well reviewed in the literature.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 A recent article by Dorset and Terry1 surveys 54 cases, 14 of which were fatal and had necropsies. Of the fatalities, 11 were dead within 24 hours. One death occurred 36 days later. At autopsy, from 1 to 4.5 liters of blood were found in the chest cavities. Relatively few clots were present. The source of bleeding was located in half of the cases. Five had torn
BEATTY GA, FRELICK RW. HEMOPNEUMOTHORAX: REËVALUATION OF TREATMENT1. Ann Intern Med. ;36:845–851. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-36-3-845
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;36(3):845-851.
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