A 44-year-old male asked:
Disclaimer

blood in sputum, have done head, neck test, done x-ray, my doctor said it may be result of tear of capillarie at base of the tongue.he prescribed mouth w?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Knox
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Blood in Sputum: May be hard to find source, as bleeding is not constant. Three sources: upper airway, lower airway, and digestive. A complete upper airway endoscopy can be performed by an ENT to look for upper sources. But, it may be "normal" between episodes. My routine: chest x-ray, upper airway endoscopy, and depending upon risk factors, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (look into esophagus and stomach). See an ent.
Answered on Nov 6, 2014
3
3 thanks
Dr. William Dubois
33 years experience Dentistry
Sputum blood: This can be a serious issue. Sputum from coughing is different than saliva. If you had a torn capillary on the tongue you would have blood in the saliva for only a short time until it clotted. Recurring blood in the sputum is serious and you should have your lungs evaluated.
Answered on Apr 20, 2013

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kim Capehart
19 years experience Dentistry
Evaluation Needed: If you have had this for 8 years, then it could be normal for you but you should get a second opinion to find out the diagnosis for your discomfort as ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Seasonal allergies: Most of the blood comes from the area inside the nostril, which is where most of the blood vessels in the nose are located. can cause the mucous membr ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
18 years experience Urgent Care
Primary : Your primary care physician should be able to address this issue.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Sweet, cool taste: If filling"leaked"it needs to be replaced. If that doesn't solve problem may want to see specialists in Neurology, ENT, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathol ... Read More
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month