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If a person who has COPD and starts coughing up blood, how serious is it?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Pulmonologist

Must see a pulmonologist and obtain a flexible bronchoscopy to identify the bronchus from which the blood is comming and obtain a cat scan thorax with and without contrast.
Must rule out cancer causing hemoptysis(coughing up blood).Hemoptysis can sometimes be life threatening, must know the source for emergency control of the airway if needed.

In brief: Pulmonologist

Must see a pulmonologist and obtain a flexible bronchoscopy to identify the bronchus from which the blood is comming and obtain a cat scan thorax with and without contrast.
Must rule out cancer causing hemoptysis(coughing up blood).Hemoptysis can sometimes be life threatening, must know the source for emergency control of the airway if needed.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Very serious

If you have not coughed up blood before, you need to contact you physician asap, or report to the nearest emergency department.

In brief: Very serious

If you have not coughed up blood before, you need to contact you physician asap, or report to the nearest emergency department.
Dr. Craig Brown
Dr. Craig Brown
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