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Friday, April 18, 2014
Blood in the lungs
what is the diagnosis for someone who has blood in the lungs and has lupose?
This could represent many different things. Sometimes patients with lupus will have abnormalities in their blood which tend to cause bleeding in the lungs (alveolar hemorrhage) or clotting. The presence of a lupus anticoagulant (an abnormality of the blood) can sometimes cause this. Other times, bleeding in the lungs in patients can be related to inflammation or infection. I would encourage you to discuss this in detail with your family doctor.
Jennifer McCallister, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University