Haemoptysis: diagnosis and treatment.

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Haemoptysis: diagnosis and treatment.

Acute Med. 2012;11(1):39-45

Authors: Hurt K, Bilton D


Haemoptysis is a common symptom in clinical practice, which requires further investigation. Fortunately, massive haemoptysis only accounts for a small proportion of these episodes. It is a medical emergency that carries a high mortality rate. There are no agreed management guidelines. This review discusses proposed methods of resuscitation as well as outlining a diagnostic algorithm and discusses treatments including bronchial artery embolization, endobronchial therapy, surgery and medical therapies.

PMID: 22423349 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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