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April 1975

Fatal Bronchopulmonary Hemorrhage Due to Unrecognized Amyloidosis

Author Affiliations

From the departments of otolaryngology (Drs. Shaheen and Salman) and pathology (Dr. Nassar), American University Hospital, Beirut, Lebanon.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1975;101(4):259-261. doi:10.1001/archotol.1975.00780330055014

Amyloidosis of the larynx and tracheobronchial tree is usually described as a nonbleeding lesion. However, severe hemorrhage, often fatal, is reported in other organs involved by this disease. A fatal bronchopulmonary hemorrhage was found in a 23-year-old woman unsuspected of having amyloidosis. The possible causes of hemorrhage in this disease are a vessel wall involvement or disturbances of the blood clotting mechanism.