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Hi there in the case where a person has been diagnosed with tb and has been on treatment for 1 week, is it normal for them to cough up blood?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Lengthy treatment: The treatment will take months, and it is important to not miss doses of the medication. There may be bleeding associated with pulmonary TB. A follow up appointment will be scheduled by his physician.
Dr. Aveshen Govender
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Haemoptosis: Coughing up blood is called haemoptosis and is a serious symptom, especially for TB as it may indicate breakdown into the vasculature of the lung. This can cause severe blood loss if uncontrolled. Suggest that you urgently follow up with the managing doctor for reevaluation and treatment if necessary. May need treatment for secondary infection.

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