Spontaneous hemopneumothorax requiring thoracotomy

South Med J. 1985 Nov;78(11):1392-3. doi: 10.1097/00007611-198511000-00038.


A spontaneous pneumothorax complicated by severe bleeding presents a potentially grave emergency. If bleeding continues, thoracotomy becomes necessary to control the hemorrhage, to evacuate residual blood and clots, and to repair the break in the continuity of the lung.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Hemopneumothorax / etiology
  • Hemopneumothorax / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pulmonary Emphysema / complications
  • Rupture, Spontaneous