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A 19-year-old female asked:

What does it mean if you cough up blood?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
Geriatrics 21 years experience
Get evaluated: Cancer would be the first thing to rule out, especially if you have risk factors. There are several other causes of blood in sputum.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Serious symptom...: The most likely reason to cough blood is bronchitis but this symptom always requires an evaluation by a doctor because it could be due to malignancy. So, if you cough up blood, see your doctor asap.
Dr. Charles Rocamboli
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Depend how much: If its a little bit in your phlegm then i would not worry about it. However if you are coughing up pure blood, then that is a sign of a serious disease. Many things can cause it, but most of them are bad. Tb, serious fungal infections, cancer, pulmonary embolism, arterial-venus malformation are a few. If you are coughing.
Dr. Joel Steckelman
Specializes in Pediatrics
Poss cancer or infec: Lots of things can cause blood in the sputum infection, cancer TB pneumonia or even oral lesions.

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