Scott Cowan, Author at Clinical Pain Advisor

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Pleural Disease: Hepatic Hydrothorax and Hemothorax

Pleural Disease: Hepatic Hydrothorax and Hemothorax 1. Description of the problem What every clinician needs to know Hepatic Hydrothorax A hepatic hydrothorax is a pleural effusion, usually greater than 500 mls, in a cirrhotic patient without evidence of primary pleural, pulmonary or cardiac disease. Typically these effusions are right sided, however, bilateral or left sided…

Pleural Disease: Tension Pneumothorax

Pleural Disease: Tension Pneumothorax Related Conditions pulseless electrical activity cardiopulmonary arrest hypotension hypoxia 1. Description of the problem Tension pneumothorax is a life-threatening condition that causes both hypoxemia and shock. It needs to be treated emergently by decompressing the increased intrathoracic pressure. There are no other effective interventions to save a patient who is dying…

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