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A case of delayed hemothorax



Inter costal chest drain is one of the commonest
modes of intervention in cases of
chesttrauma. Complications of chest
drainage have been recorded related to
insertion site, position,technique, leaks,
pain and infection.Delayed bleeding after
insertion of chest drain has been reportedas
a rare complication. But internal
mammary artery erosion by the chest
drain tube has not beenreported as a
cause for delayed hemothorax. This case
report shows such a patient who presented
tocardiothoracic department with
massive hemothorax five days after
chest drain.

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