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Diagnosing bloody sputum and its cause may be delayed or missed because in some cases, bloody sputum may not be severe enough for a person to seek medical care. In addition, diagnosing the underlying or associated disease, disorder or condition can be delayed because noticeable symptoms, such as a bloody sputum, may not occur immediately, such as in lung cancer.
Bloody sputum is a symptom of many different conditions, some that are moderate and some that are life-threatening. A thorough medical evaluation is needed to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the reason for bloody sputum....more about Bloody Sputum »
Unnecessary hysterectomies due to undiagnosed bleeding disorder in women: The bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand's disease is quite common in women, but often fails to be correctly diagnosed. Women with the condition tend to have heavy periods, since they actually have a bleeding disorder. Severe afflictions may result in the women receiving a hysterectomy unnecessarily, when the underlying cause has not been identified. See the introduction to Von Willebrand's disease and bleeding disorder.
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When checking for a misdiagnosis of Bloody Sputum or confirming a diagnosis of Bloody Sputum, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Bloody Sputum may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Bloody Sputum. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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