brick-red sputum

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brick-red sputum


Definition A term for the thickened mixture of blood, mucus, bacteria, and necrotic lung tissue which is characteristically expectorated in Klebsiella pneumoniae pneumonia.

Most uses of the phrase brick red sputum are in older literature dating to the turn of the 20th century. It may be best regarded as retired from the working medical parlance. 

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