John Huggins

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Hemorrhagic Pleural Effusions and Hemothorax

What every physician needs to know: Pleural fluid drained by thoracentesis commonly has a bloody appearance. A hematocrit performed on the pleural fluid can assist diagnostic evaluation of the patient. Bloody pleural fluid with a hematocrit or greater than or equal to 50 percent of the peripheral blood hematocrit is termed a hemothorax, however lower…

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