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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vitaliy Krol
18 years experience in Infectious Disease
Tb: Tb will usually not be detected on regular blood cultures, but if you have active pulmonary tb, then chest X-ray would be the first step

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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Doubt due to PPD: I do not believe that this is related to a PPD test.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience in Pathology
TB culture: Tb is difficult to culture and culture results often take months. Lowenstin-jensen and middlebrook agars are the culture medias used to grow tb.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
No: Hemoptysis or coughing up blood is never normal. It suggests that his tuberculosis may have spread. He needs to be seen as soon as possible by his fam ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience in Medical Oncology
Confused?: A patient needs a transfusion when their hemoglobin is very low. It can happen in cancer patients for many reasons but they don't get blood just ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience in Internal Medicine
Hemoptysis...: Hemoptysis, or blood in the sputum, is usually due to bronchitis. However, there are many other disorders that can cause this, some benign like bronch ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
&?: Likely came from somewhere else in the body, usually the legs. Many risk factors are identified, including long travel, surgery, and genetic predispos ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Not related likely: Most likely blood in the urine is not related to your lung cancer. Go to see your doctor to eval why you have blood in the urine- infection? Stone? Et ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kamel Sadek
24 years experience in Family Medicine
Hematospermia: Blood in semen can be caused by prostate infection, recent prostate biopsy, infection of the epididymis, gonorrhea or chlamydia infection, vasectomy, ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
Yes: Fortunately, the fatality rate when you have a blood clot in your lungs is low. However, it the clot is big enough, and/or is not treated soon enough ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Septicemia: Septicemia is a serious, life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly. It can arise from infections throughout the body, including infectio ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience in Urology
Get evaluated/: Blood or clots in the urine, or hematuria, in the absence of infection, is abnormal and should be worked up. First, a urinary infection must be ruled ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roscoe Nelson
27 years experience in Urology
Yes: It can be infection, stone, cancer or a variety of other problems. See your doctor. www.peedoc.com @thepeedoc.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Blood Cultures: This is not a common question or situation and am not sure why you would ask. But, there are blood cultures. Staph is usually diagnosed by examination ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience in Emergency Medicine
No: TB is primarily a pulmonary / respiratory infection. This does not affect blood cell production. Miliary TB is disseminated throughout the body, is le ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Raymond Schneider
45 years experience in Family Medicine
Sometime: If the blood is a symptom of infection it can be cured. Some people have blood in the urine without an obvious cause. Athletes sometime have blood in ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Possibly: You may be actually producing the blood in your lungs, bringing it up and partially swallowing it before it is regurgitated and appears in your vomit. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
19 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Can be deadly: The size of the clot dictates how dangerous it is. Very very tiny emboli may not have much clinical consequence, unless it happens frequently. A large ... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
Yes it does: Any infection or chronic inlammation will make the ESR rise. It is very common to see high ESR if you have active tb. But it is not diagnostic of TB a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
More useful to : Exclude clots. A blood test may be done as a screening test to check for clots, not specifically in the legs. These tests, if negative are useful in e ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Dang
13 years experience in Radiology
Blood vessel rupture: Blood in sputum or hemoptysis in the setting of bronchiectasis is due to rupture of tiny blood vessels along the surface of the diseased bronchial tub ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King answered
39 years experience in Phlebology
CT of lungs: The beginning of all good testing is having the doctor take a good history and do a good physical exam. If the results are strongly suggestive of some ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
22 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
No: It's called bacteremia.

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