The Utility of a “Blood Patch” in Pneumothorax


This study is designed to evaluate whether instilling some of a patient’s own blood (termed a “blood patch”) in the chest cavity will hasten healing of small tears in the lung that result from vehicular trauma. These tears can cause air to leak into the chest cavity, causing pneumothorax, a potentially life-threatening condition.

Inclusion Criteria

Pneumothorax from trauma severe enough to require a chest tube.

Exclusion Criteria

Dogs managed with surgery.

Client Benefits

Free blood patch and monitoring.

Contact Information

Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski
Phone: (508)839-5395, ext. 8-4745