Abidon Aidé, Miguel
May 2010
Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia;may2010, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p278
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the definition, differential diagnosis and etiologies of hemoptysis. The condition refers to the blood expectorated from the lungs or airways through the glottis and may be a symptom of tuberculosis, lung cancer and chronic inflammatory lung diseases. Some authors say that massive hemoptysis involves a blood loss of 100 to 600 milliliters within 24 hours and requires intensive care unit (ICU) admission due to risk of asphyxia and death. Diagnostic tools commonly used for hemoptysis are chest X-rays and fiberoptic bronchoscopy.


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