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Blood in phlegm after coughing. Cause?

Sir , my mother had blood stains (in the phlegm , not as stains , its spread with phlegm ) after cough from mouth . It occurs rarely .But now we are noticing it two three times , occationally (not continuously) .What could be the cause ? Is the situation very serious ? Is ter a need to get hospitalized? .Thanks in advance .
Asked On : Sat, 29 Sep 2012
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Any chronic cough needs a careful and through examination and investigation,as she is having Haemoptysis that means blood in the sputum, there are many causes but Sputum examination routine and cytology alog with possibility of AFB( Acid fast bacilli) should be asked and a Xray chest simultaneously may give to the possible cause for this.A Comlete Blood count and routine biochemistry.
If it is required a CT Scan chest and a endoscopy of lung what is called a brocchoscopy may be required to know the cause of blood in sputum. As one should rule out TB and any malignancy
Once a Physicain examine her a cardiac evaluation may also be done to know any other cause for it
Good Luck to her

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