Hemothorax: A Review of the Literature.

  title={Hemothorax: A Review of the Literature.},
  author={Jacob Zeiler and Steven Idell and Scott H. Norwood and Alan Cook},
  journal={Clinical Pulmonary Medicine},
Hemothorax is a collection of blood in the pleural cavity usually from traumatic injury. Chest X-ray has historically been the imaging modality of choice upon arrival to the hospital. The sensitivity and specificity of point-of-care ultrasound, specifically through the Extended Focal Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (eFAST) protocol has been significant enough to warrant inclusion in most Level 1 trauma centers as an adjunct to radiographs.1,2 If the size or severity of a hemothorax… Expand
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