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My friend coughs up blood when she drinks any ideas? She admits shes an alchololic though she has cut way back on her drinking
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
In brief: Needs medical eval
Immediately. Either coughing up or vomiting blood is a sign of a serious underlying medical issue.
The cause can only be determined by a full examination, which may need specialized evaluation like bronchoscopy or endoscopy to find the cause. Alcoholics can rarely, if ever, cut back on drinking - they need to stop completely, or they will continue to damage and go back to heavier drinking.

In brief: Needs medical eval
Immediately. Either coughing up or vomiting blood is a sign of a serious underlying medical issue.
The cause can only be determined by a full examination, which may need specialized evaluation like bronchoscopy or endoscopy to find the cause. Alcoholics can rarely, if ever, cut back on drinking - they need to stop completely, or they will continue to damage and go back to heavier drinking.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD & Autism
In brief: Esophageal bleeding
Depending on how long she has been drinking she may have developed esophageal varices.
You can think of them as varicose veins of the esophagus. These develop once there has been significant damage to the liver and the bleeding can be serious. It is necessary to look into the esophagus to confirm this is the cause. There are medications that can decrease the chance of bleeding.

In brief: Esophageal bleeding
Depending on how long she has been drinking she may have developed esophageal varices.
You can think of them as varicose veins of the esophagus. These develop once there has been significant damage to the liver and the bleeding can be serious. It is necessary to look into the esophagus to confirm this is the cause. There are medications that can decrease the chance of bleeding.
Dr. Lisa Rankin
Dr. Lisa Rankin
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