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When should you call your doctor about symptoms of coughing up blood (hemoptysis)?

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Coughing up blood can also be a sign of a serious medical condition. Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

People requiring treatment for coughing blood are nearly always treated in a hospital, until the cause is identified, and the threat of serious bleeding passes.

  • Blood in mucus that lasts longer than a week, is severe or getting worse, or comes and goes over time
  • Chest pain
  • Weight loss
  • Soaking sweats at night
  • Fever higher than 101 degrees
  • Shortness of breath with your usual activity level

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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