Hemoptysis is a medical term used when you are coughing up blood from your respiratory tract. This is a serious condition especially if left untreated. There are also lots of other conditions that could cause you from coughing up blood.
For more information about lung health, please consult with our pulmonologist in East New York or visit us at Doral Health and Wellness Pulmonary Center.
Hemoptysis is divided into different types depending on the amount of blood you cough up within 24 hours.
- Life-threatening or massive hemoptysis – this type ranges from 100 milliliters (mL) to 600 mL of blood being coughed up
- Nonlife-threatening or non-massive hemoptysis – this type is also known as moderate or sub-massive hemoptysis, which ranges from 20mL up to 100 mL of blood
- Scant or mild hemoptysis – this type is when you cough up blood that is less than 20 mL
There are many different medical conditions in your lungs that could make you cough up blood, and they include:
- Lung cancer
- Cystic fibrosis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- or, if your airways are damaged
Other causes could also include:
- Non-cancerous lung tumors
- Lung abscess
- Pulmonary embolism
- Parasitic infection
- Congestive heart failure
- Inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, Churg-Strauss syndrome, Behcet disease
- Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia
- Use of blood thinners
- An injury due to car accident or gunshot wounds
There are also other conditions that makes you cough up blood but are different from hemoptysis. They differ by determining where the blood is coming from.
- Hemoptysis – when the blood comes from your lungs, and causes sputum that is bright red and frothy/foamy
- Pseudo hemoptysis – this is when the blood comes from your upper respiratory tract or upper digestive tract. This is so similar to hemoptysis that tests are the only way to tell their difference
- Hematemesis – this is when you vomit blood, that are mixed with other materials and bits of food, that makes the material look so much darker and looks like coffee grounds.
Typically, coughing up blood gets better on its own without treatment, especially if the cause is acute bronchitis. But there is no other way in making sure that the only cause of you coughing blood is acute bronchitis than to have yourself checked by a pulmonologist. Your pulmonologist will surely do more tests to get a proper diagnosis. Make sure that you are treating the underlying condition to stop you from coughing up more blood and prevent it in progressing into a more serious medical condition.
At Doral Health and Wellness Pulmonary Center, we offer the best possible expertise and care in all aspects of lung health. Our pulmonologists make sure that our patients are well taken care of. We also make sure to avoid invasive tests whenever possible. We offer the best pulmonologist in Brooklyn with an unrivaled pulmonary clinic in the heart of East New York.
To schedule an appointment, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212 or call us at 1-347-384-5690. You can also check and visit our website at https://pulmonologistbrooklyn.com.