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Hematic mold of the bronchial tree after balloon pulmonary angioplasty

Hiroto Tamura1, Yu Taniguchi2, Tatsuya Kokawa1, Muneyuki Kadota3
Pubmed: 37083170
Cardiol J 2023;30(2):329-330.


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Cardiology Journal

2023, Vol. 30, No. 2, 329–330

DOI: 10.5603/CJ.2023.0021

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Hematic mold of the bronchial tree after balloon pulmonary angioplasty

Hiroto Tamura1Yu Taniguchi2Tatsuya Kokawa1Muneyuki Kadota3
1Division of Cardiology, Tokushima Red Cross Hospital, Takoushima, Japan
2Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan
3Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, The University of Tokushima Graduate School of Health Biosciences, Tokushima, Japan

Address for correspondence: Hiroto Tamura, MD, Department of Cardiology, Tokushima Red Cross Hospital,
103 Irinokuchi, Komatsushima-cho, Komatsushima, Tokushima 773-8502, Japan, tel: +81-88-532-2555,
fax: +81-88-532-6350, e-mail: hiroto.tamura2118@gmail.com

Received: 16.12.2022 Accepted: 31.01.2023

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A 72-year-old woman with peripheral-type chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension underwent balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA). Initial right heart catheterization revealed a pulmonary arterial pressure of 60/15 mmHg, mean pressure of 31 mmHg, pulmonary arterial wedge pressure of 8 mmHg, and pulmonary vascular resistance of 5.94 Wood units. The right A1, A3, A5, A8, A9, and A10 segments and the left A8, A9, and A10 segments were treated for 1st BPA (Fig. 1A, B, Suppl. Video 1). Ten minutes after the procedure, the patient developed hemoptysis. Pulmonary vessel injury was suspected, and non-invasive positive pressure ventilation was initiated. After 3 hours, hemoptysis disappeared. Echocardiography showed improved pulmonary hypertension; however, hypoxia persisted. Computed tomo­graphy showed an infiltrative shadow in the right superior apical and middle medial lobes. Moreover, a space occupying lesion was detected in the right intermediate bronchus (Fig. 1C, D). The patient experienced a hacking cough and spontaneously expectorated a large blood clot shaped like a bronchial tree (Fig. 1E). After the removal of the blood clot, her oxygenation and dyspnea symptoms improved.

Figure 1. The process of balloon pulmonary angioplasty, computed tomography performed after balloon pulmonary angioplasty, and the expectorated blood clot; A. Pulmonary angiography showing chronic total occlusion in right A5 segment (yellow arrows); B. Revascularization of right A5 segment after balloon pulmonary angioplasty (yellow arrows); C. Computed tomography showing an infiltrative shadow in the right middle medial lobe; D. Computed tomography showing an infiltrative shadow in the right superior apical lobe and a space occupying lesion detected in inferior lobar bronchus (red arrowheads); E. Blood clot shaped like a bronchial tree, consisting of inferior lobar bronchus (blue arrow), anterior basal branch (red arrow), lateral basal branch (green arrows), and posterior basal branch (orange arrow).

This is a rare case of expectorated hematic mold of the bronchial tree after BPA. Although hemoptysis stopped, the blood drifted to the right intermediate and inferior lobar bronchi. Further, the blood coagulated and was molded into the bronchial tree. This caused pulmonary atelectasis, which resulted in hypoxia. It should be noted that even if hemoptysis can be managed during BPA, blood clots can stay in the bronchi.

Conflict of interest: None declared