Man coughs up part of lung while being treated for heart failure

Man coughs up part of lung while being treated for heart failure

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.

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

The 36-year-old had been admitted to hospital with heart failure, but died during his first week of treatment.

A man has died after coughing up part of his lung, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"A 36-year-old man was admitted to the ICU with an acute exacerbation of chronic heart failure".

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.

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The unusual sample of a medical anomaly prompted two of his doctors at the University of California, San Francisco - Gavitt Woodard, a thoracic surgeon, and Georg Wieselthaler, the cardiothoracic surgical chief - to write a note on the case, published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

You might think twice about the phrase "cough up a lung" after reading this. 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.

He had increasing trouble breathing and needed supplemental oxygen to ease it.

After his extreme cough, doctors performed a bronchoscopy and intubated the man immediately, and discovered some blood in the basilar branches of his lung.

A lot of people suffer from severe bouts of coughing on many occasions, but sometimes things can go too far.

However, the article reports that he passed away one week later due to complications of heart failure.

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