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Vol 9, No 1 (2010)
Case reports
Published online: 2010-04-23
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The challenge of bronchorrhea in advanced cancer — a case report with review of literature

Zbigniew Zylicz
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2010;9(1):9-11.

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Vol 9, No 1 (2010)
Case reports
Published online: 2010-04-23

Abstract

Excessive sputum production which exceeds 100 ml per day is called bronchorrhoea. It is a frequent symptom of adenocarcinomas of the lung. Especially the bronchoalveolar cancer is notorious for bronchorrhoea. We present here a case of a patients with copious bronchial excretions and discuss his treatment. There are many possibilities of treatment and they need to be looked at individually. Treatment of infection, bronchodilatation and prednislone are important, but in this case the best result was obtained from the treatment with continuous subcutaneous infusion of octreotide.
Adv. Pall. Med. 2010; 9, 1: 9–12

Abstract

Excessive sputum production which exceeds 100 ml per day is called bronchorrhoea. It is a frequent symptom of adenocarcinomas of the lung. Especially the bronchoalveolar cancer is notorious for bronchorrhoea. We present here a case of a patients with copious bronchial excretions and discuss his treatment. There are many possibilities of treatment and they need to be looked at individually. Treatment of infection, bronchodilatation and prednislone are important, but in this case the best result was obtained from the treatment with continuous subcutaneous infusion of octreotide.
Adv. Pall. Med. 2010; 9, 1: 9–12
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Keywords

adenocarcinoma; sputum production; bronchorrhoea; somatostatin analogs; octreotide

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Title

The challenge of bronchorrhea in advanced cancer — a case report with review of literature

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 9, No 1 (2010)

Pages

9-11

Published online

2010-04-23

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2010;9(1):9-11.

Keywords

adenocarcinoma
sputum production
bronchorrhoea
somatostatin analogs
octreotide

Authors

Zbigniew Zylicz

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