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How is pulmonary embolism treated?

have coughed up blood - referred to hospital with suspected pulmonary embolism - d- dimer was neg so scheduled ct scan was cancelled discharged with diagnosis mucosal gastritis (dec 2011) started on omeprazole 40mg bd - had endoscopy clear - but still blood occasionally in morning
Tue, 27 Oct 2015
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Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Coughing out blood is known as hemoptysis.
Pulmonary embolism is not a common cause for hemoptysis.
More common causes for hemoptysis are bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchiectesis, lung cancer etc.
You are still having hemoptysis, so better to consult pulmonologist and get done
1. Clinical examination of respiratory system
2. Chest x ray
3. PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).
Chest x ray is needed to rule out tuberculosis, pneumonia and lung cancer.
PFT is needed to rule out bronchitis.
Quit smoking as soon as possible if you are smoker.
So first diagnose yourself and then start appropriate treatment. Don't worry, you will be alright.
Hope I have solved your query. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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