Spontaneous hemothorax during general anesthesia

  title={Spontaneous hemothorax during general anesthesia},
  author={Bijal R. Parikh and Rouzbeh J. Sattari and Nazly M. Shariati and Robert S. Dorain},
  journal={Journal of Anesthesia},
We report a case of spontaneous hemothorax in a healthy 27-year-old man undergoing elective reconstruction of the right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) under general anesthesia. In the postanesthesia care unit (PACU), the patient became hypotensive and tachycardic with mid-sternal chest discomfort. A chest roentgenogram revealed an almost complete opacification of the right hemithorax. A diagnostic thoracentesis was positive for frank blood, confirming a right hemothorax. The patient was… CONTINUE READING