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The WHO Manual of Diagnostic Imaging Radiographic Anatomy and Interpretation of the Chest and the Pulmonary System

The WHO Manual of Diagnostic Imaging Radiographic Anatomy and Interpretation of the Chest and the Pulmonary System

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• A haemothorax is the presence of blood in the pleural space, which, as it becomes organized,
behaves more like an empyema than a simple pleural effusion with undulating contours on CXR
due to loculation and accumulation in non-dependent areas.

• The patient’s history should contain a suitable cause such as recent trauma or surgery.

• Long term complications of a haemothorax are chronic pleural thickening and heavy pleural cal-
cifcation (Fig 10.14).

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Figure 10.14

frontal CXR of an adult male that developed pleural thickening and calcifcation following a right sided
haemothorax. note the dense pleural thickening with heavy calcifcation and loss of volume on that side of
chest.

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