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"What does it mean when you cough up blood?"
Cough up blood and your nose briefed too
Coughing up blood, known to doctors as hemoptysis, can have many different causes. These causes can be discussed by the region of the body that they come from. I recommend that you speak with your doctor. One of the most common causes of hemoptysis is blood that comes from above the lungs (extrinsic) and trickles down into the throat right about the trachea. It is then coughed up as hemoptysis. One example of a situation in which a patient could have this would be a patient with intermittent nose bleeds. It would be important to both treat the nose bleed and make sure that there is no serious explanation for these, and also to identify the source of the bleeding that is happening with the cough. Often, treating the nose bleed fixes the hemoptysis. The next region where the blood could come from within the lungs themselves (intrinsic). This sort of thing can happen with serious lung infections, tumors, and other complications. For that reason, hemoptysis should not be treated lightly, and should be discussed with a physician in short order. Please speak with your doctor to determine what the next steps should be in your situation to determine what to do next. Thank you for your question.
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