Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Coughing Blood Underlying Cause

Many conditions can cause bleeding from the sensitive tissue in the lungs. Many blood vessels lie under the inside surface of the lung tissue. Injury, infection or inflammation can irritate the blood vessels and cause hemoptysis.

Common causes for hemoptysis include:

Less common causes for hemoptysis include:

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