Haemoptysis is a worrying symptom for patients and can represent a diagnostic challenge for clinicians. We present the case of a 56-year-old woman who presented to the emergency department with acute haemoptysis and associated sudden-onset dyspnoea. The patient remained haemodynamically stable and there was no demonstrable drop in haemoglobin concentration. Following rigorous investigations, on further questioning, the patient recalled inadvertent inhalation of the rodenticide brodifacoum. This exposure was deemed to represent the cause of their acute haemoptysis, which subsequently fully resolved without intervention.
- respiratory medicine
- haematology (incl blood transfusion)
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Contributors RLL and KC wrote and edited this manuscript. NS provided the clinical images. All the authors approve of the submitted version.
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