PA Catheter Induced Hemoptysis

  • Cairen J. McNamee
  • Blaine Achen
  • Tyler Black


Pulmonary artery laceration is estimated to occur in 0.03% to 0.125% of all pulmonary artery catherizations. Most of the tears of the pulmonary artery (PA) occur on the right side in the lower or middle lobe branches (93% of cases). Early mortality ranges from 41% to 70%. The tear is usually associated with an acute episode of massive hemoptysis or intrapleural hemorrhage. Late deaths have been reported from false aneurysms. These false aneurysms of the pulmonary artery are clinically silent in 50% of cases; however 90% are visible on a plain CXR.


Pulmonary Artery Pulmonary Artery Catheter False Aneurysm Massive Hemoptysis Lung Isolation 
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  • Cairen J. McNamee
  • Blaine Achen
  • Tyler Black

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