Hemoptysis refers to coughing up blood from some part of the lungs (respiratory tract). Blood coming from elsewhere, such as your stomach, can appear to be from the lungs. It's important for your doctor to determine the site of the bleeding, and then determine why you're coughing up blood.

The major cause of coughing up blood is chronic bronchitis or bronchiectasis. Other possible causes of coughing up blood include:

  1. COPD
  2. Cystic fibrosis
  3. Drug use, such as crack cocaine
  4. Foreign body
  5. Wegener's granulomatosis
  6. Lung abscess
  7. Lung cancer
  8. Emphysema
  9. Mitral valve stenosis
  10. Parasitic infection
  11. Pneumonia
  12. Pulmonary embolism
  13. Trauma to the chest
  14. Tuberculosis

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.

March 27, 2015