Massive haemoptysis: causes, assessment, and management

Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192631411
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730160 | DOI:

Series: Supportive Care Series

Massive haemoptysis: causes, assessment, and management

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This chapter discusses the causes, diagnosis, and management of massive haemoptysis. It explains that massive haemoptysis is a medical emergency with a significant associated mortality and that bleeding is most cases usually originates from the systemic rather than the pulmonary circulation. The chapter recommends rapid intervention by experienced medical practitioners in order to preserve airway function and reduce the considerable associated mortality that may be accomplished though early surgical intervention or embolisation.

Keywords: massive haemoptysis; diagnosis; disease management; mortality; systemic circulation; airways function; surgical intervention; embolization

Chapter.  3253 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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