Man coughs up blood clot in shape of a lung

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However, these medications also increase the risk of bleeding, including coughing up blood.

This kind of clot isn't unheard of in patients, but what was unusual was how intact it was.

The unnamed patient was being treated at the intensive care unit at the University of California San Francisco Medical Centre, which was where reports say he started coughing violently.

A 36-year-old man literally coughed up a piece of his lung after being hospitalized with heart problems at a hospital in California.

His condition was so severe that doctors put him on a machine called a ventricular assist device, which helps the heart pump blood.

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.

Georg Wieselthaler, a transplant and pulmonary surgeon at UCSF, told the Atlantic his team was easily able to identify the origin of the clot, it was so detailed.

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The report said that during an "extreme bout of coughing", the patient coughed up a 6-inch wide blood clot of his right bronchial tree.

While doctors still aren't 100 per cent sure how the clot stayed completely intact on its way up the man's throat, Dr Wieselthaler suspected it was because the man had more fibrinogen in his blood.

"We were astonished", Dr Wieselthaler said.

A 40-year-old woman with asthma presented with a 2-day history of pleuritic pain of acute onset in the right side of the chest.

The man coughed up the right bronchial tree.

Unfortunately, the man died of heart failure just over a week later.

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

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