Haemoptysis with no radiological evidence of tumour - the value of early bronchoscopy

S Afr Med J. 1981 Apr 11;59(16):556-8.


Thirty-two patients who presented with haemoptysis and in whom a chest radiograph showed no suggestion of a tumour are reviewed. Six had bronchogenic carcinoma diagnosed by bronchoscopy and 1 had an adenoid cystic tumour of the trachea. Flexible fibre-optic bronchoscopy is a safe and easy method of excluding a tumour of the tracheobronchial tree as the cause of haemoptysis and should be performed early in patients who present with this symptom, regardless of the findings on chest radiography.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bronchoscopy*
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / diagnostic imaging
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Hemoptysis / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / complications
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Tracheal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging