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HIV positive - coughing up Blood and Lung pain
Aug 8, 2015

Loved one taken to hospital with acute loss of breath and pain in lungs --also throwing up blood. They started treating him for TB with steroids and antibiotics. Two days later he isn't any better. They did 3 TB tests and they all came back negative. He has been HIV positive for 17 years...all good numbers and involved with NIH in Washington DC for most of that time. Numbers 2 months ago were terrific. He can't make it to the bathroom without pain and trouble breathing. Using H2O otherwise in bed. Guesses? What would you be checking next? no blood clots and no pulmonary artery problem. I am so worried.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for posting.

Sorry about your loved one- it's good that the tests did not reveal TB, but there are many other things (in the lungs: bronchitis, pneumonia, cancer or blood clots, or lesions in the throat, just for example) that could explain coughing up blood.

It's difficult for me to give much more specifics, but do feel free to write me back as the situation becomes more clear.


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