Background: Pulmonary aspergillomas may cause life-threatening hemoptysis. The treatment of this condition is problematic because poor pulmonary function often precludes definitive surgical resection.
Methods: We retrospectively reviewed all patients hospitalized at our institution for hemoptysis associated with an aspergilloma over an 8-year period and who underwent percutaneous intracavitary instillation of amphotericin B (ICAB). ICAB consisted of catheter placement into the aspergilloma cavity with subsequent instillation of 50 mg amphotericin B in 20 mL 5% dextrose solution daily for 10 days.
Results: ICAB was attempted for 23 distinct episodes of severe hemoptysis in 20 individual patients. Catheter placement was successful in 21 of the 23 episodes (91%), and of these, ICAB instillation was successfully completed in 20 episodes (95%). In these 20 episodes, hemoptysis ceased by hospital discharge in 17 of 20 patients (85%) and in all 18 who survived until a follow-up visit 1-month after treatment. Pneumothorax occurred in six of 23 (26%) catheter placement attempts without long-term complications. Recurrence of serious hemoptysis occurred after six of 18 episodes for which follow-up was available. Potential risk factors associated with severe, recurrent hemoptysis were a size increase or reappearance of the aspergilloma on a chest CT scan (P = .001), bleeding diathesis (P = .08), and lack of bronchial artery embolization during index hospitalization (P = .07).
Conclusions: Our data suggest that ICAB is an effective short-term treatment to control severe hemoptysis caused by pulmonary aspergilloma. The long-term benefit of this procedure is unknown. We identified several potential risk factors for recurrent hemoptysis after ICAB that could be examined prospectively in future trials.