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Have pain on lifting hand, black to orange sputum with blood seen. Had cold and cough. Reason, treatment?


I am Rahim, I caught cough & cold 4.5 months back and i consulted doctor. Now Cough & cold is over. Another thing is still sputum is coming, some times black color is thr. Also some times sputum color would be Orange or small sample of blood is present it seems. Also I have chest pain while i lift my hand. May I knw what is the reason ?? How i get rid of this?
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

The presence of expectoration/ sputum suggests a chest or throat pathology.
The presence of blood, orange color (most probably blood), black color (presence of altered blood) in sputum can be due to trauma to the throat, cancer of the throat, chest infection (most common TB), lung cancer to name a few causes. need to get a complete examination of the throat to look for any lesion in the throat.
A X-ray chest and/or CT chest will help to look for any lesion in the chest.
Sputum examination is an important investigation. Malignant cells if present will be readily picked up on the cytology smears.

Consult an ENT specialist and pulmonologist for clinical examination and relevant investigations.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal

Answered: Sat, 25 May 2013
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