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Coughing blood

Coughing blood: Introduction

The symptom of coughing up blood needs to be distinguished from the more general symptom of blood in sputum, where blood may come from other causes than coughing (e.g. nasal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, etc.). Both coughing blood or blood in sputum are potentially very serious symptoms that need prompt professional medical attention; Suddenly coughing blood or coughing large amounts of blood is a medical emergency....more »

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Causes of Coughing blood:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Coughing blood. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Coughing blood

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Causes of Types of Coughing blood:

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Coughing blood: Symptom Checker

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Stories from Users for Coughing blood

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Diagnostic tests for Coughing blood:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Coughing blood. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Examine for evidence of bleeding disorder - e.g. extensive skin bruising or petechia, tender swollen joints, jaundice.
    • Inspect sputum for color and consistency if possible, noting any blood if present in sample
    • Examine lymph nodes looking for enlarged cervical or Axillary lymph nodes which may indicate lung cancer
    • Examine for Horner's syndrome - e.g. dilated pupil and drooping of the upper eyelid which may indicate lung cancer.
    • Examine lungs noting breath sounds and their intensity and also the presence of added sounds
    • Signs of left ventricular failure? - Examine cardiovascular system for evidence of left ventricular failure (e.g. heart murmur and enlarged heart) and murmur of mitral stenosis.
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Medications or substances causing Coughing blood:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Coughing blood as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Coughing blood: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Coughing blood may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Coughing blood

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Coughing blood. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

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Coughing blood: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Coughing blood

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Coughing blood: Related Rare Diseases

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Coughing blood: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Causes of Coughing blood listed in Disease Database:

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Definitions of Coughing blood:

Coughing up blood from the respiratory tract.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Organs affected by Coughing blood:

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Detailed list of causes of Coughing blood

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How Common are these Causes of Coughing blood?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Coughing blood. Of the 224 causes of Coughing blood that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 5 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 4 causes are "common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 3 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 18 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 199 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Coughing blood:

The following list of conditions have 'Coughing blood' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Coughing blood:

The following list of medical conditions have Coughing blood or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Coughing blood Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Coughing blood based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Coughing blood?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Coughing blood, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Coughing blood:

    Hemoptysis, Haemoptysis, Blood-stained sputum
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Coughing blood:

    Subtypes of Coughing blood:

    Hemoptysis (176 causes), Spitting blood (126 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Coughing blood:

    Respiratory symptoms (5166 causes), Lung symptoms (3280 causes), Cough (1407 causes), Wet cough (286 causes), Spitting blood (126 causes), Bleeding symptoms (1783 causes), Drooling (340 causes), Hemoptysis (176 causes), Bloody sputum (124 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Sputum symptoms (216 causes), Mouth symptoms (6864 causes), Throat symptoms (3410 causes), Respiratory tract symptoms (5166 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Cough symptoms (1407 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Breathing symptoms (3381 causes), Breath symptoms (3023 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes), Salivary gland symptoms (355 causes)

    Symptoms related to Coughing blood:

    Blood in sputum (124 causes), Cough (1407 causes), Productive cough (133 causes), Bleeding gums (172 causes), Haemoptysis, Tuberculosis, Lung cancer (29 causes), Pneumonia (241 causes), Lung infection (34 causes)

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