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Bloody Sputum: All you need to know

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Coughing up blood or bloody mucus either from the lungs or the digestive tract


Coughing up blood can be alarming, but isn’t usually a sign of a serious problem if one is young and healthy. It is more a cause for concern in older people, particularly those who smoke. [1]


- Medical diagnosis by a general physician is required for confirmation.
- It affects both men and women.
- Lab tests, bronchoscopy, radiography, and imaging might be ordered.
- It can be physically painful.


There are several factors that can result in a person coughing up blood like pneumonia, pulmonary edema, congestive heart failure, bronchitis, pulmonary AVMs, bronchiectasis, tuberculosis, and inflammatory autoimmune disorders (lupus or Churg Strauss syndrome). The use of blood thinners for anticoagulation, severe physical trauma, or repetitive drug use or abuse can also result in bloody sputum.
Ages affected There is no particular age group with higher susceptibility to this condition but in general, those above 60 years, this occurs most often.


Symptoms


Self-diagnosable
Symptoms include bloody mucus in sputum, chest pain, deteriorating shortness of breath; hence getting evaluated by a doctor is important.


People may experience
Weakness Fatigue, unexpected weight loss, and light-headedness
Uneasiness Blood in sputum, loss of appetite, and respiratory distress
Pain Chest pain


Treatment


Medications: Prescription of steroid injections or antibiotics can be helpful.
Specialists: Other treatments like embolization, bronchoscopy, blood transfusion, surgery, or chemotherapy can be opted depending on the underlying cause of this condition. At mfine, modern techniques and instruments are used to treat the patient. Consult today!

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