Man Coughs Up Blood Clot In The Shape Of His Lung

Man Coughs Up Blood Clot In The Shape Of His Lung

Georg Wieselthaler, a surgeon at the hospital, told The Atlantic that doctors were "astonished" by what they witnessed.

A man undergoing treatment for heart failure coughed up an enormous, intact blood clot that formed a ideal cast of the air passageways 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".

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

While you can't actually cough up a whole human lung (you'll probably be slightly relieved to hear), as they're too large to fit through the trachea, you can apparently cough so violently that parts of your lung pop through the spaces between ribs.

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The man reportedly had a medical history that included heart failure; he had previously been fitted for a pacemaker.

Wieselthaler told the publication that it was the man's blood medication that made the clot rubbery and able to survive the trip out his airway instead of breaking up, since blood clots are typically hard plugs of blood. These medications are what caused the patient's blood to eventually break out of the network and into the lower right lung-due to the clotting agents not being able to fix cracks in the system.

"Blood clots may develop, which can travel through your blood vessels and block the blood flow to other organs, including your lungs making breathing hard", according to the Impella website.

"It's a curiosity you can't imagine".

But blood eventually broke into his lungs and after days of coughing up smaller clots, the patient hawked up the famous one. Blood and mucus came out during intense coughing in the first week but this was followed by tubes meant to distribute air to the lungs.

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