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A 52-Year-Old Woman With Recurrent Hemoptysis*

Kim-Hatt Lim, MBBS; Yew-Cheng Lim, MBBS; Chong-Kin Liam, MBBS, FCCP; Catherine Mee-Ming Wong, MBBS
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*From the Department of Medicine (Drs. K.-H. Lim, Liam, and Wong) and Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Dr. Y.-C. Lim), University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Correspondence to: Kim-Hatt Lim, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; e-mail: limkh@medicine.med.um.edu.my



Chest. 2001;119(3):955-957. doi:10.1378/chest.119.3.955
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A 52 -year-old woman was referred to the hospital for management of recurrent hemoptysis. She also reported an episode of hematemesis, which was initially thought to be unrelated to the main presenting complaint. Three days prior to this admission, she received a blood transfusion of 6 U in another hospital for treatment of anemia as a result of repeated bouts of hemoptysis. On further questioning, she admitted to having had intermittent recurrent episodes of hemoptysis for 3 years. However, the physicians she consulted had not made any definitive diagnosis. There was no history of coughing with ingestion of solid or liquid food. She did not have dysphagia, fever, breathlessness, or chest pain. There was no history of recurrent pulmonary infections. She had no history of tuberculosis, malignancy, or chest trauma. She was a nonsmoker.

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