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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Massive haemoptysis: causes, assessment, and management

Massive haemoptysis: causes, assessment, and management

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(p.371) Chapter 23 Massive haemoptysis: causes, assessment, and management
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0023

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

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