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Does blood in mucus indicate a head injury?

Does blood in mucus indicate a head injury?

No: If it is a simple closed head injury and the nose is not hit, you typically shouldn't have blood tinged mucus. Of course, if the nose is part of the point of impact during the head injury, then you will have blood in your mucus. Even if you were to have a severe head injury causing an epidural or subdural hematoma in your brain, you might not have blood in your mucus. ...Read more

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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Whenver I blow my nose there's droplets of blood and bloody mucus in the tissue. Is this normal? Could it be a sign of infection or cancer?

Whenver I blow my nose there's droplets of blood and bloody mucus in the tissue. Is this normal? Could it be a sign of infection or cancer?

Probably not: Especially in dry winter air, some blood when you blow your nose can be normal. If this is unusual for you, and if you have other symptoms (congestion, fatigue, drainage, etc.), it could be a symptom of sinus infection. It would be very rare for this symptom to mean you have cancer. A simple treatment would be to start moisturizing with saline spray and a little vaseline periodically. ...Read more

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What conditions would have the symptom of coughing up blood or blood in the phlegm?

Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood, hemoptysis, can represent serious disease including infection and cancer. You must see your doctor as soon as you can to evaluate your condition! ...Read more

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What does widening of blood vessels in the back mean, noticed in an xray?

What does widening of blood vessels in the back mean, noticed in an xray?

Hard to say.: When widening of blood vessels is noted on plain x-ray studies of the back or abdomen we mostly are referring to the abdominal aorta or its' major branches such as the renal, bowel, or iliac arteries. This could suggest an aneurysm and if so then further evaluation would usually require ct or ultrasound. ...Read more

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When someone has a brain concussion, will it cause a blood clot in the head?

When someone has a brain concussion, will it cause a blood clot in the head?

Not Necessarily: Concussions are injuries to the brain by trauma. If the blow is severe enough, bleeding may occur. The cause is the trauma, concussions and bleeding can be the results. ...Read more

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How would a blood clot in the head affect me?

See details: That is a cerebral thrombosis and can cause a stroke. The damage and neurologic deficit it causes depends on the area of the brain that the specific blood vessel supplies. ...Read more

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High fevers, coughing up mucus with blood, bad smell from mucus&body skin. X-ray showed black spot on lung is this a cause of being a 40year smoker?

High fevers, coughing up mucus with blood, bad smell from mucus&body skin. X-ray showed black spot on lung is this a cause of being a 40year smoker?

Infection/spot: You need to follow up with your physician for a ct scan of your chest. It sounds like you have bronchitis or pneumonia; however, all bets are off in a smoker: get checked! ...Read more

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Does dizziness mean I have a tumor or a blood clot?

Does dizziness mean I have a tumor or a blood clot?

No : There are many causes of dizziness and only your physician can determine this after a thorough history and exam. ...Read more

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What does a big drop in blood pressure indicate?

What does a big drop in blood pressure indicate?

Blood pressure: Big pressure drop implies drop in peripheral vascular resistance, loss of intravascular volume or marked decrease in cardiac function or a combination thereof. ...Read more

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Does high blood pressure/nose bleeds result as a symptom of pregnancy?

Does high blood pressure/nose bleeds result as a symptom of pregnancy?

Strangely enough: It could be poor diet that causes both. Eating too many "empty calories" can cause nose bleeds and increased blood pressure, particularly all the sweet stuff. Pregnancy requires a pristine diet. ...Read more

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Does numbness in forehead mean a problem with my sinuses or a brain tumor>?

Does numbness in forehead mean a problem with my sinuses or a brain tumor>?

See a doctor: See a doctor or other health care provider that can work with you to figure out what is wrong. There is no way to evaluate your complaint via healthtap. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there is increased cerebral blood volume and blood flow to a brain tumor?

What does it mean when there is increased cerebral blood volume and blood flow to a brain tumor?

Cancer and blood flo: Many cancers elaborate factors that enable the growth of new blood vessels. In this way they gain an advantage in growth. When seen clinically on radiologic tests, this is a marker of malignancy and agressiveness, especially in the brain where low grade tumors only do this to a mild degree. Some cancers are treated by agents that interrupt this process, hoping to "starve" them of nutrients. ...Read more

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Could a bruised rib in the process of healing be the reason for my white blood cell count to be a little high?

Could a bruised rib in the process of healing be the reason for my white blood cell count to be a little high?

Need data: You did not provide the actual counts. The count may be your normal value. Uncomplicated bruise of the rib is not expected to raise WBC count. ...Read more

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What could happen to blood vessel of a bone in a bone injury?

What could happen to blood vessel of a bone in a bone injury?

Its damaged.: When a broken bone displaces, the blood vessels are interrupted. Like bone, vessels will heal over time. Until they do the area of bone supplied by a vessel is without blood. If that is the only vessel to that part of the bone, the bone can die and collapse. This is called avascular, or aseptic, necrosis. Its most common with fractures of the scaphoid in the wrist or head of the femur in the hip. ...Read more

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Does a blood clot in the leg usually cause significant pain?

Does a blood clot in the leg usually cause significant pain?

Yes: Usually the clot is painfull, but not always. If you have one sided leg swelling that is persistent i would get it checked. ...Read more

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Might it be that a a hernia push on blood vessels or arteries and cause loss of blood flow to lower part of body?

Might it be that a a hernia push on blood vessels or arteries and cause loss of blood flow to lower part of body?

Doubtful: A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall, and the blood vessels to the abdominal contents come from the back of the abdominal cavity near the spine, so while i suppose anything can happen, i can't imagine a scenario where the hernia is blocking blood supply. Whatever is going through the hole can have its blood supply pinched off, and in its most severe form is called a strangulated hernia. ...Read more

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Could violent vomiting cause a broken blood vessel in my eyeball?

Could violent vomiting cause a broken blood vessel in my eyeball?

Yes: Any activity which can significantly increase the pressure in your head or chest, like violent sneezing, coughing, or vomiting, could be related to a subconjunctival hemorrhage (broken blood vessel). These will not affect your eyesight, and should clear in 7-10 days. It is more likely if the person has high blood pressure, or is taking blood thinners. No treatment is required in most cases. ...Read more

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Stool results, taken during diarrhea which later resolved, show white blood cells, mild. is this sign of a disease or just temp result due to the d?

Stool results, taken during diarrhea which later resolved, show white blood cells, mild. is this sign of a disease or just temp result due to the d?

WBC in stools: WBC in stools could be due to the viral or bacterial infection of GI tract. These cells should clear once the diarrhea is resolved. Check with your primary care doctor that you do not have inflammatory bowel disease or any other chronic condition. He may refer you to a gastroenterologist if he feels that consult is needed. ...Read more

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Does a back pain that does not respond to aspirin indicate a blood clot?

Blood clot: No, this is not the first thing you think of concerning the cause. Please submit a lot more information about you and the back pain in order to give more help. ...Read more

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Traumatic Brain Injury (Definition)

Damage to the brain after trauma. It can be temporary or permanent depending on the severity of the trauma, patient age, and other issues such as whether the patient has had previous trauma or ...Read more


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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more