AUGUSTUS E. ANDERSON JR., M.D.; HOWARD A. BUECHNER, M.D.; MORTON M. ZISKIND, M.D.
Hemoptysis, alarming to the patient and ominous in the eyes of the physician, often justifies the dread with which it is regarded. However, this is not invariably so, and many cases of even severe respiratory tract hemorrhage may prove benign in origin. Approximately one fourth1 of all patients with hemoptysis will present no etiologic explanation for this symptom, even after exhaustive diagnostic studies have been carried out. Frequently such patients quickly recover their usual state of health and have no further difficulty. Obviously, then, the great majority of these individuals do not have cancer or tuberculosis or even bronchiectasis, and
ANDERSON AE, BUECHNER HA, ZISKIND MM. HEMOPTYSIS, BRONCHIAL EROSION AND BRONCHITIS1. Ann Intern Med. 1955;42:1246–1258. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-42-6-1246
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;42(6):1246-1258.
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