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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 2017, Article ID 1565030, 11 pages
Review Article

Approach to Hemoptysis in the Modern Era

1Institut Universitaire de Pneumologie et de Cardiologie de Québec, 2725 Ch Ste-Foy, Quebec City, QC, Canada G1V 4G5
2Hôpital Nord Marseille, Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Marseille, 13915 Chemin des Bourrely, Marseille, France

Correspondence should be addressed to Sébastien Gagnon; ac.lavalu@71.nongag.neitsabes

Received 19 August 2017; Accepted 14 November 2017; Published 21 December 2017

Academic Editor: Akiteru Goto

Copyright © 2017 Sébastien Gagnon et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hemoptysis is a frequent manifestation of a wide variety of diseases, with mild to life-threatening presentations. The diagnostic workup and the management of severe hemoptysis are often challenging. Advances in endoscopic techniques have led to different new therapeutic approaches. Cold saline, vasoconstrictive and antifibrinolytic agents, oxidized regenerated cellulose, biocompatible glue, laser photocoagulation, argon plasma coagulation, and endobronchial stents and valves are amongst the tools available to the bronchoscopist. In this article, we review the evidence regarding the definition, etiology, diagnostic modalities, and treatment of severe hemoptysis in the modern era with emphasis on bronchoscopic techniques.