A 48-year-old member asked:
is it common to cough up blood with a pulmonary embolism?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Paxton Daniel answered
39 years experience Radiology
Coughing : Up blood is never normal. However, it can occur with pulmonary embolism as blood can seep into damaged lung tissue.
Answered on Apr 5, 2013
Dr. Creighton Wright answered
56 years experience General Surgery
Abnormal: But is one of the signs -hemoptysis breathlessness hypoxia chest pain arrythmia.
Answered on Apr 14, 2013
Dr. Tony Su answered
33 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Possibly: If the blood clot is lodged in the periphery of the lung, it can cause a pulmonary infarction, part of the lung tissue dies leading to bleeding. You can therefore cough up blood. This is an uncommon presentation. The majority of patients do not have this symptom.
Answered on Aug 27, 2014
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