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Blue lips Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Blue lips. 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.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you noticed that you have blue lips?
  2. Is it intermittent or constant?

    Why: e.g. the lips in cold weather are often blue.

  3. Is blueness limited to lips and peripheries?(e.g. blue lips and hands but not blue tongue)

    Why: this indicates a lack of blood supply to those parts of the body and may indicate exposure to cold, peripheral vascular disease, left ventricular failure or shock.

  4. If also blue tongue, is there a history of drug ingestion?

    Why: e.g. potassium chlorate, sulfanilamide and coal tar may cause hemoglobin abnormalities and thus central cyanosis.

  5. What is the age of the patient?

    Why: certain causes of cyanosis are limited to children such as acute epiglottitis, croup and acute subglottic laryngitis.

  6. Blue tongue

    Why: may indicate central cyanosis which is due to a lack of oxygenated hemoglobin in the blood vessels and thus may indicate high altitude, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary embolism, cyanotic congenital heart disease, polycythaemia or hemoglobin abnormalities.

  7. Significant shortness of breath

    Why: should consider a lung or heart origin for the blue hands e.g. cyanotic congenital heart disease, pulmonary embolism, pulmonary fibrosis or pulmonary emphysema.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Blue lips:

The following list of conditions have 'Blue lips' 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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