Histoptysis or oncoptysis: suggested terms for tissue expectoration

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:b5239
  1. Anthony Papagiannis, respiratory physician, St Luke’s Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece ,
  2. Fergus Macbeth, director, Centre for Clinical Practice, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, London
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    Expectoration of abnormal tissue leading to pulmonary diagnosis is a rarely reported event.1 2 3 4 5 Spurred by personal experience of one such episode, we would like to propose a name for this strange clinical manifestation.

    A 65 year old man underwent heart surgery in 2002. In the course of the procedure an incidentally …

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