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What does coughing blood mean -- lung cancer?

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Dr. Robert Warner
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Coughing blood is a classic sign of lung cancer, but may also be seen with acute infections, chronic bronchitis, or even dental disease.
This should always be worked up to rule out lung cancer (or head and neck cancer) and not assumed to be secondary to something beingn. The prognosis for lung cancer is dramatically improved with early diagnosos, often made difficult by the lack of early symptoms.

In brief: Maybe

Coughing blood is a classic sign of lung cancer, but may also be seen with acute infections, chronic bronchitis, or even dental disease.
This should always be worked up to rule out lung cancer (or head and neck cancer) and not assumed to be secondary to something beingn. The prognosis for lung cancer is dramatically improved with early diagnosos, often made difficult by the lack of early symptoms.
Dr. Robert Warner
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe...

Coughing up blood, hemoptysis, is most often due to bronchitis.
But, it can be a sign of lung cancer so it always needs to be evaluated to rule out cancer.

In brief: Maybe...

Coughing up blood, hemoptysis, is most often due to bronchitis.
But, it can be a sign of lung cancer so it always needs to be evaluated to rule out cancer.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes it can

If the blood is just staining the tissue paper, you should make a clinic appointment as soon as possible.
If you are coughing up greater quantities than that, you should seek immediate medical attention as this can be a life-threatening situation.

In brief: Yes it can

If the blood is just staining the tissue paper, you should make a clinic appointment as soon as possible.
If you are coughing up greater quantities than that, you should seek immediate medical attention as this can be a life-threatening situation.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Hemoptysis

Hemoptysis may be the presenting symptom of a pulmonary neoplasm, av malformation, necrotizing pneumonia, rasmussen aneurysm, bronchitis to include some.
Must see your pulmonologist or your thoracic surgeon stat. Need a bronchoscopy and cat scan thorax with and wihout contrast. Further intervention depends on findings.

In brief: Hemoptysis

Hemoptysis may be the presenting symptom of a pulmonary neoplasm, av malformation, necrotizing pneumonia, rasmussen aneurysm, bronchitis to include some.
Must see your pulmonologist or your thoracic surgeon stat. Need a bronchoscopy and cat scan thorax with and wihout contrast. Further intervention depends on findings.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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