Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Man coughs up a part of his lung after being hospitalised

Man coughs up a part of his lung after being hospitalised

A 36-year-old California man has passed away after suffering from chronic heart failure and coughing so severely that he coughed up a part of his lung.

The right bronchial tree consists of three segmental branches in the lung's upper lobe, two segmental branches in the middle lobe, and five segmental branches in the lower lobe.

The New England Journal of Medicine shared the unusual clot on Twitter after it was spit up intact by an unidentified 36-year-old man in San Francisco, according to USA Today.

Doctors were treating him with oxygen tanks.

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.

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

Blood clots are a known possible side effect of the pump.

According to doctors, the clot was a near flawless cast of the man's right bronchial tree. 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.

"Man coughs up part of lung while being treated for heart failure", says a Fox News headline, failing to note or notice that it is a cast of the inside of the lung - like pouring concrete into a mold and then removing the mold, only with blood rather than concrete - that came out of his mouth, rather than the lung itself. 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. Sadly, however, the patient died about a week later due to further complications involving his heart.

After this episode, he ceased coughing up blood, and his tubes were removed a couple days later.

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