Graphic content: Doctors shocked after man coughs up lung clot

Graphic content: Doctors shocked after man coughs up lung clot

Graphic content: Doctors shocked after man coughs up lung clot

The unidentified 36-year-old man found himself in the intensive care unit at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center late last month for chronic heart failure.

A man being treated in hospital for heart failure at 36 died after coughing up part of his lung.

But it wasn't a piece of coral, or even something doctors had removed themselves - it was an intact, perfectly formed blood clot cast that a patient had spat up after "an extreme bout of coughing".

Doctors placed a ventricular assist device, a heart pump, into him to treat his condition, but he showed signs of respiratory distress.

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The six-inch-wide blood clot that was coughed up by an unnamed patient in the near-perfect shape of his right bronchial tree.

In other words, the man was rushed to hospital with chronic heart failure and to help his heart, doctors at the University of California - where the man was admitted - connected him to a machine created to maximise blood flow around the body.

"We were astonished", Dr Wieselthaler said. "It's a curiosity you can't imagine-I mean, this is very, very, very rare".

The man was on blood thinning drugs to help prevent clots, the Atlantic noted, also pointing out that this treatment can make bleeding in some areas more common. One week after extubation, he died from complications of heart failure (volume overload and poor cardiac output) despite placement of the ventricular assist device.

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Along with blood and mucus, he brought up a his left bronchial tree - a series of tubes that distribute air to his lungs.

A 40-year-old woman with asthma presented with a 2-day history of pleuritic pain of acute onset in the right side of the chest.

According to doctors, the clot was a near ideal cast of the man's right bronchial tree.

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