coughing up blood

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I've been diagnosed with bronchiectasis for around five years now and to be honest it doesn't bother me much – I have a slight cough but can still walk and climb hills etc at a level I think is okay for my age! (77). However, this morning when I coughed I used a tissue – I don't usually bother, I just swallow as it's not much – and it was blood and bloody clots. I was really shocked and scared. As it happens, I have an appointment with my GP next week; but how worried should I be?

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    Have you undergone lung CT scan sine you had symptoms 5 years ago? How was your bronchiectasis diagnosed? You need a lung CT scan with contrast for the diagnose. See a pulmonologist.

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      It was initially diagnosed by chance with a CT scan for something else entirely, and led to me being diagnosed with systemic scleroderma (there is a connection, apparently). I have just been told after an x-ray – for something else, again – that I have a chronic lung infection, so I'm on antibiotics for two weeks. No, I haven't had a CT scan of my lungs since diagnosis. It's so difficult to get the NHS to join the dots!

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