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Radiotherapy and technetium-99m-labeled red blood cell scintigraphy for hemoptysis from chronic MRSA infection

Carminia Lapuz, Sandeep K. Gupta, Elizabeth A. Bennett, Colin I. Tang
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2013.05.001
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2013;18(5):316-318.

open access

Vol 18, No 5 (2013)
Published online: 2013-09-01
Submitted: 2013-01-29

Abstract

Aim

To discuss the application of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and technetium-99m-labeled red blood cell scintigraphy (LRBCS) in life-threatening hemoptysis from a non-malignant condition.

Materials and methods

This case report presents a patient with persistent hemoptysis secondary to chronic Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in whom conventional management failed to localize the site of pulmonary bleeding or to provide effective therapy.

Results

EBRT was successfully given for life-threatening hemoptysis with improvement in quality of life for nearly 1 year. LRBCS was used to localize the source of further bleeding and facilitate targeted therapy.

Conclusion

EBRT can be an effective and well-tolerated modality in treating life-threatening hemoptysis refractory to conventional methods. LRBCS is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that can be used to detect the source of pulmonary bleeding.

Abstract

Aim

To discuss the application of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and technetium-99m-labeled red blood cell scintigraphy (LRBCS) in life-threatening hemoptysis from a non-malignant condition.

Materials and methods

This case report presents a patient with persistent hemoptysis secondary to chronic Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in whom conventional management failed to localize the site of pulmonary bleeding or to provide effective therapy.

Results

EBRT was successfully given for life-threatening hemoptysis with improvement in quality of life for nearly 1 year. LRBCS was used to localize the source of further bleeding and facilitate targeted therapy.

Conclusion

EBRT can be an effective and well-tolerated modality in treating life-threatening hemoptysis refractory to conventional methods. LRBCS is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that can be used to detect the source of pulmonary bleeding.

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Keywords

Hemoptysis; Radiotherapy; Technetium-99m-labeled red blood cell scintigraphy; MRSA pneumonia; Benign

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Title

Radiotherapy and technetium-99m-labeled red blood cell scintigraphy for hemoptysis from chronic MRSA infection

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 18, No 5 (2013)

Pages

316-318

Published online

2013-09-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2013.05.001

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2013;18(5):316-318.

Keywords

Hemoptysis
Radiotherapy
Technetium-99m-labeled red blood cell scintigraphy
MRSA pneumonia
Benign

Authors

Carminia Lapuz
Sandeep K. Gupta
Elizabeth A. Bennett
Colin I. Tang

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