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smoker coughing up brown phlegm with brown and black specks?

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I have had a cough and have been coughing up brown phlegm with brown and black specks in it for 3 weeks. I am a smoker. Do you think I could have a serious problem?


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replied April 28th, 2012
Lung Cancer Answer A34402
Hi,
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out.

Given your history of smoking, it looks like hemoptysis which is expectoration (coughing up) of blood or of blood-stained sputum from the bronchi, larynx, trachea, or lungs. You need to get a CT scan of the lungs at the earliest to rule out any lung malignancy.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.


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