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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.

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 20, 2020

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 20, 2020

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