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A 44-year-old member asked:

What does having blood in your lungs mean?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: It could mean a number of things. You could have vomited blood and aspirated it. You could have an endobronchial lesion that is bleeding. You may have an infection or a blood clot. Potentially related to a vasculitis. It warrants an evaluation, though.
Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Pulmonology 36 years experience
Not good: It means something is wrong. An infection, a chronic conditions has exacerbated or a significant inflammatory process is undergoing. By all means get a lung doctor soon.
Dr. Michael Sanders
Pulmonology 17 years experience
See below: It could mean a number of things. You could have vomited blood and aspirated it. You could have an endobronchial lesion that is bleeding. You may have an infection or a blood clot. Potentially related to a vasculitis. It warrants an evaluation, though.

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A 30-year-old female asked:

What does it mean to have blood in your lungs?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Nothing good: Blood can be present in many sections of the respiratory tract from numerous causes, and many of these suggest a potentially severe illness. There is also blood which may be present in the thin tissues which surround and protect the lungs. This too is not good. If this is your issue make sure you discuss this with your doctor at length.
Last updated Mar 16, 2021
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