Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bloody Cough Evaluation

The evaluation of hemoptysis begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with hemoptysis may include:

  • Clubbing of the nails
  • Signs of chronic lung disease:
    • Barrel-shaped chest
  • Decreased lung sounds

Testing is needed to determine the underlying cause of hemoptysis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate hemoptysis include:

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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