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What is the most common reason for coughing up blood (hemoptysis)?

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The most common reason for coughing up blood is acute bronchitis, which typically gets better on its own without treatment. People with bronchitis with small amounts of blood in the mucus for less than a week can watch carefully and wait for their condition to improve.

From: Coughing Up Blood (Hemoptysis) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Cahill, B.C. 1994; vol 15: pp 147-167. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory MedicineClinics in Chest Medicine,

Hirshberg, B. , 1997; vol 112: pp 440-444. Chest

Adelman, M. 1985; vol 102: pp 829-834. Annals of Internal Medicine,

Chang, J.C. 1987; vol 4: pp 49-54. Sarcoidosis,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

SOURCES:

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Cahill, B.C. 1994; vol 15: pp 147-167. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory MedicineClinics in Chest Medicine,

Hirshberg, B. , 1997; vol 112: pp 440-444. Chest

Adelman, M. 1985; vol 102: pp 829-834. Annals of Internal Medicine,

Chang, J.C. 1987; vol 4: pp 49-54. Sarcoidosis,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 18, 2017

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