Doctors amazed after man coughs up blood clot of lung bronchial tree

Henrietta Strickland
December 7, 2018

During his first week of treatment, he began coughing violently, according to reports.

A man in California actually coughed up parts of his lungs after he was admitted to the ICU with chronic heart failure.

The New England Journal of Medicine shares some of the most incredible imagery from the often weird and wonderful field of medicine, but sometimes the content can be simultaneously disgusting and yet mesmerizing.

A man who later died stunned doctors by coughing up a six-inch-wide blood clot from his lungs in the near-perfect shape of his right bronchial tree.

Sadly, despite the best efforts of the medical team, the man died a week after coughing up the bronchial tube cast.

Reports say the man had a rare ejection fraction deficiency (which relates to how much blood is pumped with each contraction), which meant his organ was operating at around 50 percent less than the normal rate.

"An Impella ventricular assist device was placed for management of acute heart failure, and a continuous heparin infusion was initiated for systemic anticoagulation".

However, anticoagulants can cause problems if a breach occurs in the blood-vessel network, which happened in this extraordinary case; blood broke out of the patient's pulmonary network into his lower right lung.

The doctors treating the patient were "astonished" after they unfurled the clot to find it had retained the shape of the lung pathway from which it came.

Human lungs are too large to fit through the trachea, so it is not possible to cough up an entire lung.

In January 2012, a 40-year-old woman in Birmingham, U.K also herniated her lung, having it protrude from two of her ribs after a violent cough.

The man coughed up the right bronchial tree.

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