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What causes seizures and coughing up of blood after a stroke?

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Posted on Fri, 7 Mar 2014
Question: my mother in law has had a major stroke in the past and has XXXXXXX strokes. shes been having seizures and this morning was coughing up blood. is this serious?
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Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar (2 hours later)
Brief Answer: Yes,she need to consult doctor. Detailed Answer: Hello XXXX Thanks for writing to HCM Yes,coughing up blood should be taken seriously and she need to consult doctor. She need proper clinical examination and investigations. There may be many reasons for coughing up blood. It may be due to injury in oral cavity due to seizures,pulmonary causes or gastrointestinal causes. It is important to know about history of last episode of seizure,history of cough etc. There are chances of injury in oral cavity during seizure so she need examination of oral cavity. Investigations like routine hemogram,RBS,LFT,RFT,Lipid profile,Ultrasound of abdomen,Chest X-ray (PA view)should be done.Further investigations can be done if needed. Proper treatment depend upon clinical findings and investigation reports. Besides this she need close watch for her Blood pressure and Lipid profile as these are the contributing factors for stroke. Get well soon. Hope i have answered your query. Further queries are most welcome. Take Care Dr.Indu XXXXXXX
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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are seizures common for stroke patients?
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Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer: These two diseases are due to different etiology. Detailed Answer: Hello XXXX Thanks for writing back Stroke and seizures are due to different etiology and these diseases are not related to each other. Get well soon. Hope i have answered your query. Further queries are most welcome. Take Care Dr.Indu XXXXXXX
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What causes seizures and coughing up of blood after a stroke?

Brief Answer: Yes,she need to consult doctor. Detailed Answer: Hello XXXX Thanks for writing to HCM Yes,coughing up blood should be taken seriously and she need to consult doctor. She need proper clinical examination and investigations. There may be many reasons for coughing up blood. It may be due to injury in oral cavity due to seizures,pulmonary causes or gastrointestinal causes. It is important to know about history of last episode of seizure,history of cough etc. There are chances of injury in oral cavity during seizure so she need examination of oral cavity. Investigations like routine hemogram,RBS,LFT,RFT,Lipid profile,Ultrasound of abdomen,Chest X-ray (PA view)should be done.Further investigations can be done if needed. Proper treatment depend upon clinical findings and investigation reports. Besides this she need close watch for her Blood pressure and Lipid profile as these are the contributing factors for stroke. Get well soon. Hope i have answered your query. Further queries are most welcome. Take Care Dr.Indu XXXXXXX