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Hemoptysis Season

Douglas W. Mapel, MD, MPH, FCCP
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Affiliations: Albuquerque, NM 
 ,  Dr. Mapel is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

Correspondence to: Douglas W. Mapel, MD, MPH, FCCP, Epidemiology and Cancer Control Center, University of New Mexico, 2325 Camino de Salud Albuquerque, NM 87131-5306; e-mail: Dmapel@salud.unm.edu



Chest. 2000;118(2):288-289. doi:10.1378/chest.118.2.288
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The clinical presentation of hemoptysis often leads to difficult questions: is this merely due to bronchitis, as in most cases? Or is this a symptom of a more ominous problem, such as cancer, tuberculosis, or one of the many other serious conditions that can cause hemoptysis?12 Case series reports have identified a few clinical and historical clues that help to guide decisions about the need for pursuing an extended workup for the cause of the bleeding, including chest radiograph abnormalities, patient age, and smoking history.3 In this issue of CHEST (see page 440), Boulay et al suggest another, possibly important, consideration—the season.

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