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A 39-year-old female asked:

I'm 39 & quit smoking 7 years ago. had some blood in phlegm & doctor gave me z pack (blood gone). chest x-ray clear but upper back pain. scared!

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
CT of chest: If you are at high risk, a ct of your chest would be more definitive. At your age, though, I am not sure that your risk would be that high. Consult your doc.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Possible: Stop smoking forever get over the cold and bronchitis, and any pleurisy good about the xray get the back checked for back issues, unlikely lung related. If not improved in a couple of weeks consider ct scan.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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