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A 27-year-old member asked:

if a person who has copd and starts coughing up blood, how serious is it?

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Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
Very serious: If you have not coughed up blood before, you need to contact you physician asap, or report to the nearest emergency department.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Pulmonologist: Must see a pulmonologist and obtain a flexible bronchoscopy to identify the bronchus from which the blood is comming and obtain a cat scan thorax with and without contrast. Must rule out cancer causing hemoptysis(coughing up blood).Hemoptysis can sometimes be life threatening, must know the source for emergency control of the airway if needed.

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My 1month old baby has gurgling sound when she breathes, its like she has phlegm, but she doesn't have cough or cold, its worst at night what could it be?

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Dr. Sabina Ben-Zion
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Can be normal: Babies often have a congested sound because they breathe through their nose and can't blow their noses. Your baby may also have some milk/formula in back of throat that she is not clearing or coughing like adults would. As long as your baby is not having labored breathing, and it is not interferring with her eating or sleeping, treat it as just a noise.
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A 37-year-old male asked:

Whats it mean when a woman urinates blood and has sharp pains on the side above hips?

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Many causes: The most common thing is a bladder infection but there are other causes like a kidney stone (should hurt) or something in the bladder like polyps or other growths. Some bladder conditions like interstitial cystitis can bleed. See a doctor for the right diagnosis as this could be something important. Always get sharp pain checked out as well. Thats our body telling us something is not right.

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