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How does bronchial artery embolization help treat coughing up blood (hemoptysis)?

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In bronchial artery embolization, a doctor advances a catheter through the leg into an artery supplying blood to the lungs. By injecting dye and viewing the arteries on a video screen, the doctor identifies the source of bleeding. That artery is then blocked, using metal coils or another substance. Bleeding usually stops, and other arteries compensate for the newly blocked artery.

From: Coughing Up Blood (Hemoptysis) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Cahill, B.C. 1994; vol 15: pp 147-167. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory MedicineClinics in Chest Medicine,

Hirshberg, B. , 1997; vol 112: pp 440-444. Chest

Adelman, M. 1985; vol 102: pp 829-834. Annals of Internal Medicine,

Chang, J.C. 1987; vol 4: pp 49-54. Sarcoidosis,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Cahill, B.C. 1994; vol 15: pp 147-167. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory MedicineClinics in Chest Medicine,

Hirshberg, B. , 1997; vol 112: pp 440-444. Chest

Adelman, M. 1985; vol 102: pp 829-834. Annals of Internal Medicine,

Chang, J.C. 1987; vol 4: pp 49-54. Sarcoidosis,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

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