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Haemoptysis treated by bronchial artery embolisation in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2: case report

Authors
  • Murgo, Salvatore1
  • Lheureux, Olivier1
  • Taccone, Fabio1
  • Vouche, Michael1
  • Golzarian, Jafar2
  • 1 Erasme Hospital, ULB, route de Lennik, 808, Brussels, 1070, Belgium , Brussels (Belgium)
  • 2 University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, USA , Minneapolis (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
CVIR Endovascular
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Publication Date
Sep 05, 2020
Volume
3
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s42155-020-00154-x
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

BackgroundWe found no data in the literature on the embolization of the bronchial arteries in the context of hemoptysis associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. We therefore decided to share this experience.Case presentationA 62-year-old patient with no significant medical history was admitted with acute respiratory distress. Chest computed tomography showed diffuse bilateral ground-glass opacities with limited consolidations. Diagnostic tests confirmed severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection. The severity of respiratory failure required the implantation of veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The patient developed severe haemoptysis, which was successfully treated by bronchial artery embolisation.ConclusionsIn the case of coronavirus-19 pneumonia, our experience suggests that the treatment of severe haemoptysis by bronchial artery embolisation is feasible and effective. The survival benefit should be assessed in the future.

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