Epidemiology of haemoptysis
Pamra, S.P.; Goyal, S.S.; Raj, Bodh and Mathur, G.P. (1970) Epidemiology of haemoptysis. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 17 (3). pp. 111-118.
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Seven hundred and seventy six new patients who attended the Centre during 1966 with history of haemoptysis, sometime or otber prior to attending this Centre have been analysed. They constituted nearly 10% of the total new patients. Haemoptysis was the pre- senting symptom only m half of the patients. While no marked variations with age were seen, haemoptysis appears to be more fre- quent in males than in females. Pulmonary tuberculosis was found to be the most frequent (55.7%) etiological factor. Next in order was a loose group ot respiratory tract infections including pneumonitis, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis etc. Malignancy accounted for only 5 out of 776 cases. The degree of haemoptysis seems to have no relationship to the extent, severity and bacillarity of lesions in pulmonary tuberculosis. The cause of haemoptysis could not be established in nearly one fourth of the cases. They were all X-ray and sputum negative.
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