COMPARATIVE STUDY
JOURNAL ARTICLE
Add like
Add dislike
Add to saved papers

Can CT replace bronchoscopy in the detection of the site and cause of bleeding in patients with large or massive hemoptysis?

OBJECTIVE: We assessed the capacity of chest radiography and CT to determine the cause and site of bleeding in patients with either large or massive hemoptysis compared with bronchoscopy.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed the chest radiographs, CT scans, and bronchoscopic findings in 80 patients with either large or massive hemoptysis who were admitted to our intensive care unit between January 1995 and June 1999.

RESULTS: Findings on chest radiography were normal in only 13% of patients, of whom 70% had bronchiectasis. The chest radiographs revealed the site of bleeding in 46% of the patients and the cause in 35%, most of whom had tuberculosis or tumors. CT was more efficient than bronchoscopy for identifying the cause of bleeding (77% vs 8%, respectively; p < 0.001), whereas the two methods were comparable for identifying the site of bleeding (70% vs 73%, respectively; p = not significant).

CONCLUSION: These data suggest that CT could replace bronchoscopy as the first-line procedure for screening patients with large and those with massive hemoptysis. However, these results must be confirmed in a prospective multicenter study.

Full text links

We have located links that may give you full text access.
Can't access the paper?
Try logging in through your university/institutional subscription. For a smoother one-click institutional access experience, please use our mobile app.

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

Mobile app image

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app

All material on this website is protected by copyright, Copyright © 1994-2024 by WebMD LLC.
This website also contains material copyrighted by 3rd parties.

By using this service, you agree to our terms of use and privacy policy.

Your Privacy Choices Toggle icon

You can now claim free CME credits for this literature searchClaim now

Get seemless 1-tap access through your institution/university

For the best experience, use the Read mobile app