Bleeding into children's lungs
Bleeding into the lung, or pulmonary haemorrhage, is where blood is found in the lungs. You may see blood in your child’s nose and airways. In some cases they may also be struggling to breathe.
Doctors are not always able to identify a cause. Some possible causes are:
- physical trauma – a serious injury to your child’s body
- genetic problems
- problems with blood clotting
- problems with the immune system
- environmental factors
Your child may need a chest X-ray, a CAT scan or a bronchoscopy to diagnose bleeding into the lung. They may need to be given oxygen on a ventilator. In some severe cases, doctors might try to wash blood from the lungs using a tube.
Depending on the cause of the bleeding, your child might need medication.
For more information see the chILD foundation website