Man died after coughing up lung after heart surgery

​Man Dies After Coughing Up Lung's Bronchial Tree

​Man Dies After Coughing Up Lung's Bronchial Tree

Last week, a hospitalized California man coughed up an intact cast of part of his right lung, a colossal blood clot almost six inches wide. But because these machines can also increase the risk of blood clots, he was prescribed a blood-thinner medication.

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.

He had been hooked up to a ventricular assist device - used to help circulate blood around the body - and administered anti-coagulation therapy (blood thinners).

The anti-coagulants the man was taking forced blood out of his pulmonary system and into his right lung.

But blood eventually broke into his lungs and after days of coughing up smaller clots, the patient hawked up the famous one, giving new meaning to the phrase "coughed up a lung".

Over the course of a week, the patient had progressed to coughing up phlegm and blood, and during a particularly extreme bout coughed up an intact cast of the right bronchial tree. 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.

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

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

The man coughed up the right bronchial tree.

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.

Sadly, the patient died from complications of heart failure almost a week later.

Doctors are bewildered as to how an extraordinarily shaped blood clot came out of a patient.

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