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Broncholithiasis: Its detection by computed tomography in patients with recurrent hemoptysis of unknown etiology

  • Myung S. Shin
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    Address reprint requests to: M. S. Shin, MD, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Alabama Hospitals, 619 South 19th Street, Birmingham, Alabama 35233.
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    Departments of Diagnostic Radiology and Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama in Birmingham and Veterans Administration Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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  • Kang-Jey Ho
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    Departments of Diagnostic Radiology and Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Alabama in Birmingham and Veterans Administration Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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      Abstract

      Broncholithiasis is often not diagnosed by conventional roentgenography and fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Demonstrated here are three such cases of “recurrent hemoptysis of unknown etiology.” The broncholith in each case was clearly demonstrated only by the thoracic computed tomography (CT). We stress that CT is an extremely useful modality in the diagnosis of broncholithiasis and that the true incidence of broncholithiasis could be greater than was previously believed.

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