Massive haemoptysis from an aberrant bronchial artery in a patient with cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis

Silvia Contini, Maurizio Morucci, Paolo Agresti, Cesare Saltini, Marialuisa Bocchino

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Abstract

Massive haemoptysis is a life-threatening emergency requiring prompt and highly specialized intervention to identify the site of haemorrhage, protect the airways and stop bleeding. A wide variety of lung diseases may cause haemoptysis, including tuberculosis. The most common sources of pulmonary bleeding are bronchial (90%) and non-bronchial systemic arteries (5%). Aberrant bronchial vessels have also been described. We report the case of a patient affected by cavitary pulmonary tuberculosis who presented with massive haemoptysis from an aberrant bronchial artery originating from the sovrascapular branch of the left thyrocervical trunk. Successful embolization was performed by means of superselective arteriography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-133
Number of pages3
JournalRespiratory Medicine Extra
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Aberrant bronchial artery
  • Haemoptysis
  • Pulmonary tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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