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Man coughs up massive blood clot shaped like bronchial tree

Man coughs up massive blood clot shaped like bronchial tree

Doctors were treating him with oxygen tanks when he had the coughing fit.

After days of coughing up tiny blood clots, the man eventually - much to his relief - spat up a cast of his right lung's bronchial tree.

Spanning about 15 cm by 17 cm, it was such a flawless cast of airways that they knew precisely where the blot had come from, the right bronchial tree of the patient's lung.

You might think twice about the phrase "cough up a lung" after reading this. He had chronic heart failure, which means the heart muscle can't pump enough blood to meet the body's normal demands.

"His medical history included heart failure with an ejection fraction of 20 percent, bioprosthetic aortic-valve replacement for bicuspid aortic stenosis, endovascular stenting of an aortic aneurysm, and placement of a permanent pacemaker for complete heart block", the NEJM report says.

The pulmonary surgeon caring for the 36-year-old told The Atlantic the patient then needed further care. According to the manufacturer's website, it is a treatment designed for "no-option patients".

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The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) posted a picture on Twitter of a coughed up blood clot in the shape of a patient's right lung's bronchial tree.

Blood clots are a known possible side effect of the pump. In other words, it was a mold (cast) made of clotted blood in the shape of the lung's branched airway passages known as bronchi.

Over the next week, the patient had periodic coughing fits, hacking up small amounts of blood or blood-stained mucus, the doctors wrote in their published case note.

The woman suffered from asthma, and and after two weeks of particularly harsh coughing, herniating her lung so it slipped through her ribs.

Sadly, a week after the man coughed up the clot, he died due to complications from heart failure despite being fitted out with the ventricular assistance device.


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