Bloody Sputum

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Bloody sputum (spitting up blood or bloody mucus) can come from common forms of infection in the lungs and airways, such as acute bronchitis or pneumonia. Bloody sputum can also come from cancer of the lung. Whenever bloody sputum is present and cannot be attributed to a curable condition, a complete lung evaluation is warranted. Bloody sputum is also referred to as hemoptysis.

Patients may experience the related symptoms of Bloody Nose, Cough, and/or Chest Pain.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/24/2012

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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  • Bleeding Disorder Including Anticoagulant Therapy
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  • Fungus Infection of the Lung Such as Coccidiomycosis, Blastomycosis
  • Goodpasteur's Syndrome
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