The term hemothorax is used to describe blood in the pleural space which is usually a result of trauma to the chest. Hemothorax can also occur spontaneously or as a complication during or following surgery however this is much less common. The bleeding can originate from any intrathoracic structure and can compromise the function of the lungs.[1]


  • fever
  • pallor
  • chest pain
  • chest heaviness
  • dyspnea
  • tachycardia
  • cold sweats


  1. Mancini MC, Scanlin T, Serebrisky D, Talavera F, Karwande SV, Milliken JC & Callahan C. Hemothorax (2018). Retrieved fromhttps://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2047916-overview