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A 65-year-old female asked:

i have bronchiectasis occasionally there is a slight spec of blood in the phlegm i cough up. is this normal?

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Dr. Durga Komaragiri
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Yes: Occ spotting of blood in sputum not uncommon in above patients. If worsening symptoms please see pcp.
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Not normal, happens: Bronchiectasis by itself is an abnormality of the respiratory system. Hemoptysis (coughing up blood), can be a symptom of the disease. If it is a new symptom, you need to see your physician, to make sure there is no other cause for the blood, particularly if you are or were a smoker.

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