Man Coughs Up Blood Clot In The Shape Of His Lung

Modesto Morganelli
Dicembre 8, 2018

The right bronchial tree consists of three segmental branches in the upper lobe (blue arrows), two segmental branches in the middle lobe (white arrows), and five segmental branches in the lower lobe (black arrows).

And in the midst of one coughing fit he hawked up a bronchial tree - a series of tubes that distribute air to the lungs.

Although called a tree, it more resembles roots.

It was originally folded in on itself, and the treating doctor, Georg Wieselthaler and his team carefully unfolded it, and were shocked at what they saw.

The public's response has been a mixture of wonder and horror.

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

Coughing up blood is an alarming symptom, but it's not particularly rare.

Any relief from the productive coughing did not last, however. He later died of complications of heart failure.

It came from a 36-year-old man with end-stage heart failure who spat out the medical anomaly in one piece during a an extreme bout of coughing in hospital.

He had considerable intervention, including an aortic-valve replacement, stenting of an aortic aneurysm and a permanent pacemaker had been implanted for complete heart block.

Though the clot is extremely unusual, it's not completely unheard of. According to the manufacturer's website, it is a treatment designed for "no-option patients". But because these machines can also increase the risk of blood clots, he was prescribed a blood-thinner medication. 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.

The man was reportedly "extubated" two days after the incident and suffered no further instances of coughing up blood. But it's actually a blood clot, coughed up intact by a patient suffering from heart failure.

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