Haemoptysis: The Role of Radiology in Investigation and Treatment

  • C. D. R. Flower
Conference paper
Part of the Syllabus book series (SYLLABUS)


Haemoptysis, a common symptom in clinical practice, is frightening for patients and presents a diagnostic challenge to physicians and radiologists. The relative frequency of causes has changed since the turn of the century when tuberculosis was the commonest aetiology. Bronchial cancer now accounts for a large proportion of cases in most studies, although the relative frequency of the different aetiologies is dependent upon a number of factors, including patient selection, the patient population studied and the techniques used for diagnosis [1]. In a significant proportion of cases no cause for the haemoptysis will be found and these patients are labelled as having cryptogenic haemoptysis.


Chest Radiograph Bronchial Artery Massive Haemoptysis Fibreoptic Bronchoscopy Bronchial Artery Embolization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. D. R. Flower
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyAddenbrooke’s Hospital, NHS TrustCambridgeUK

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