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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD and bloody phlegm

12/29/2008

Question:

My mother (age: 85) has been diagnosed with COPD for 15 years. She has just started to have very bright pinkish phlegm when she coughs. I am taking her to the DR. ASAP. She ran out of her Advair this week. Could that be a contrbuting factor?

Answer:

Running out of Advair could cause her to cough more than usual, but would not be the cause of the color of her sputum.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University