Massive hemoptysis from iatrogenic balloon catheter rupture of pulmonary artery: successful early management by balloon tamponade

Crit Care Med. 1987 Mar;15(3):272-3. doi: 10.1097/00003246-198703000-00021.


Cessation of massive hemoptysis after iatrogenic balloon catheter rupture of the pulmonary artery was observed after a 2-ml inflation of the balloon. A wedge angiogram showed a small cavity near the rupture. Secondary lobectomy was performed; however, the patient died 1 month later. Therapeutic approaches of this life-threatening complication are presented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Angioplasty, Balloon*
  • Catheterization / adverse effects*
  • Hemoptysis / etiology
  • Hemoptysis / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Iatrogenic Disease*
  • Male
  • Pulmonary Artery / injuries*
  • Rupture