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Spots on lungs
Posted by: Becky
Date: February 27, 2002 6:01 PM

My friend hasn't been feeling well and went to the doctor because he was throwing up blood. The doctor took an x-ray of his lungs and told him he had spots on his lungs and said it was "Smoker's Rash," and the cause for throwing up blood was due to the "flu." Is this possible? I have never heard of Smoker's Rash, and I have always been told that if you throw up blood this could be caused by a serious condition. Shouldn't the doctor have checked his throat or his stomach for ulcers, or performed a biopsy on his lungs? The doctor said he need not come in for a follow up visit. They basically gave this prognosis and let it go.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at August 28, 2008 2:44 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: Spots on lungs
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 27, 2002 7:21 PM

I have not heard of "smoker's rash" either. I suppose it would be possible that these are correct diagnoses, but I agree with you that these kinds of findings, signs and symptoms should be taken very seriously. A spot on the lung x-ray and blood in the sputum are cause for alarm and further investigation. A lung biopsy might not be the first thing to do, but this kind of clinical picture should not be treated with indifference.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at August 28, 2008 2:47 PM by Dr. Kennedy.



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