A Very Unusual Cause of Hemoptysis

Pablo Loarte, Geraldo Holguín, Ronny Cohen

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The use of Lucite balls or spheres played a role in the management of tuberculosis during the first decade of the 20th century. Several complications have been reported with the use of this surgical technique, but are rarely seen nowadays. The availability of effective oral regimens has forced to abandon this approach. Calcification of these spheres within the lung cavity produced a series of late complications result of the migration of these foreign bodies to adjacent structures, causing erosion of blood vessels and nerves. Herein, we present a case where the aforementioned complication caused significant bleeding with hemodynamic instability. The source of the profuse hemoptysis was identified and was resolved with the combined use of noninvasive approaches such as bronchoscopy and angiographic embolization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e60-e62
JournalInternational Journal of Angiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Lucite spheres
  • embolization
  • hemoptysis
  • tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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