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Does coughing up of blood in a pneumonia patient need immediate medical attention?

I have pneumonia and my doctor has me on strong antibodics and albut in my nebulizer. Yesterday after a treatment I spit up fresh blood and I have this second day also. I m on blood thinners and wonder if that may be my problem. I feel better in other ways.
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Hello

As you explain the situation yes it might be that in pneumonia to have blood with the cough and especially if you take blood thinners do not worry.However of it last for several days than better to talk with your treating doctor for this for safety.

Regards

Dr.Jolanda
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General Surgeon Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel's  Response
Hello,

As per my clinical experience, the presence of blood in cough with a patient of pneumonia does not sound normal; it can be either
- flare up of existing infection
- the additional virulent organism causing superadded infection
- blood thinner related issues with PT INR via drug interactions

Immediately consult your doc office and get further directions to handle the issue on an emergency basis.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon
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