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Coughing Up Blood (Hemoptysis)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about coughing up blood?

Coughing up blood may be a sign of a serious medical condition. Blood vessels in your lungs or airway weaken or break and begin to bleed. You may see small amounts in your sputum (mucus you cough up), or you may cough up large amounts.

What may cause me to cough up blood?

How is the cause of coughing up blood diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and examine you. You may need any of the following:

How is coughing up blood treated?

Treatment depends on how much blood you are coughing up and what is causing your symptoms. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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