Man Coughs Up Blood Clot In The Shape Of His Lung

Man coughs up perfectly intact ‘blood sculpture’ of his lung

Man coughs up perfectly intact ‘blood sculpture’ of his lung

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

Doctors are bewildered as to how an extraordinarily shaped blood clot came out of a patient.

Doctors placed a ventricular assist device, a heart pump, into him to treat his condition, but he showed signs of respiratory distress. His medical history included heart failure with an ejection fraction of 20%, bioprosthetic aortic-valve replacement for bicuspid aortic stenosis, endovascular stenting of an aortic aneurysm, and placement of a permanent pacemaker for complete heart block.

During the week, he had been coughing up blood and mucus, increasing the strain on his lungs.

In 2005, a pregnant 25-year-old woman coughed up a similar blood clot that was a copy of the bronchial tree, per the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

While doctors still aren't 100 per cent sure how the clot stayed completely intact on its way up the man's throat, Dr Wieselthaler suspected it was because the man had more fibrinogen in his blood.

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The pulmonary surgeon Dr Georg Wieselthaler told The Atlantic when he carefully spread out the clot, realising it was the flawless shape, he was "astonished".

"We were astonished", Dr Wieselthaler said.

The 25-year-old mum went on to recover fully and delivered a healthy, full-term baby soon after.

Sadly, despite the best efforts of the medical team, the man died a week after coughing up the bronchial tube cast. "It's a curiosity you can't imagine-I mean, this is very, very, very rare".

"The right bronchial tree consists of three segmental branches in the upper lobe, two segmental branches in the middle lobe, and five segmental branches in the lower lobe", the case report's authors wrote.

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