Patient coughs up blood clot shaped like lung

It was evident that his health was declining when the patient was admitted

It was evident that his health was declining when the patient was admitted

Doctors speculated the clot stayed intact due to a higher-than-usual concentration of a particular protein component of blood plasma, caused by the man's infection, which could have made the blood in his airways unusually rubbery.

The New England Journal of Medicine shares some of the most fantastic imagery from the often weird and wonderful field of medicine, but sometimes the content can be simultaneously disgusting and yet mesmerizing. But one man in California shocked his doctors when he coughed up an unusual-looking blood clot: It was in the shape of his lung.

The patient, who had a history of heart problems, had been placed on oxygen and given blood thinners to help circulate blood and prevent clogging.

On Monday, The Journal tweeted a picture of a completely intact blood clot, shaped just like the right bronchial tree in the lung.

A 36-year-old man was admitted to the ICU with an acute exacerbation of chronic #heartfailure.

A 2005 report in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery refers to a similar case where a pregnant woman coughed up a less-extensive blood clot cast also in the shape of her bronchial tree.

"We were astonished", Wieselthaler said.

After coughing up the bronchial tree, doctors immediately intubated him and performed a bronchoscopy, but he later died from heart failure complications ('volume overload and poor cardiac output'), despite the placement of the ventricular assist device.

The patient had coughed up smaller clots in the the days after but during a particularly intense coughing fit this incredible clot appeared.

Reports say the man had a rare ejection fraction deficiency (which relates to how much blood is pumped with each contraction), which meant his organ was operating at around 50 percent less than the normal rate.

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