Haemoptysis is the symptom of coughing up blood. Massive haemoptysis is life-threatening emergency - patients do not usually bleed to death, they asphyxiate
Haemoptysis is the symptom of coughing up blood. Massive haemoptysis has no generally accepted definition. Suggested volumes range from 100 mL to more than 1000 mL. A more relevant definition of massive haemoptysis is the volume that is life threatening by virtue of airway obstruction or blood loss (anatomical dead space is only 100-200 mL)
A Q&A approach to the recognition and management of more potentially life-threatening chest injuries in the major trauma patient.
This is the story of a 59 year old man who presented to our ED with a complaint of haemoptysis. He is otherwise well, takes no regular medications and besides his ’50 per day’ smoking history (over 40-odd years) he…