[A case of successful bronchial artery embolization for primary racemose hemangioma with massive hemoptysis]

Nihon Kokyuki Gakkai Zasshi. 2006 Sep;44(9):641-6.
[Article in Japanese]


We encountered a case of primary racemose hemangioma treatment with successful bronchial artery embolism for massive hemoptysis. A 56-year-old woman with massive hemoptysis was transported to our hospital. The source of the massive hemoptysis was observed to be from around a non-pulsatile polyp covered by normal mucosa occluding the truncus intermedius by fiberoptic bronchoscopy. We stopped the bleeding temporarily using differential lung ventilation, and then bronchial artery angiography was performed. The main right bronchial artery was enlarged, and enlarged and convoluted right peripheral bronchial vessels were also observed. We diagnosed the massive bleeding to be due to racemose hemangioma. A successful bronchial artery embolization (BAE) was performed with gelforms and metallic coils for the treatment of racemose hemangioma. There has been no recurrence of hemoptysis for one year after BAE. There have been many reports on massive hemoptysis as in this patient who were treated by lobectomy, nevertheless we would like to state BAE should be considered as a suitable treatments for primary racemose hemangioma with hemoptysis if there is no recognizable shunt artery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Bronchial Arteries*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic*
  • Female
  • Hemangioma / complications
  • Hemangioma / therapy*
  • Hemoptysis / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pulmonary Ventilation
  • Vascular Neoplasms / complications
  • Vascular Neoplasms / therapy*