Man coughs up startling blood clot shaped like a lung passage

Man coughs up startling blood clot shaped like a lung passage

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

The photo of the incredible clot was shared by the New England Journal of Medicine. 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.

Despite the best efforts of intensive care staff at the University of California San Francisco Medical Centre, the man died a week later.

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 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) posted a picture on Twitter of a coughed up blood clot in the shape of a patient's right lung's bronchial tree.

"An Impella ventricular assist device was placed for management of acute heart failure, and a continuous heparin infusion was initiated for systemic anticoagulation".

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It was originally folded in on itself, and the treating doctor, Georg Wieselthaler and his team carefully unfolded it, and were shocked at what they saw.

Though it resembles a coral, root system, or some other kind of growth, the above photo actually depicts a blood clot over 15cm wide in the near-perfect form of the right bronchial tree of a human lung, the Atlantic reported on Thursday.

Wieselthaler called the occurrence "very, very, very rare".

"We were astonished", he said. 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.

The patient later died from heart failure complications. After he was extubated two days later, he had no further signs of coughing up blood.

Along with blood and mucus, he brought up a his left bronchial tree - a series of tubes that distribute air to his lungs.

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