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Graphic content: Doctors shocked after man coughs up lung clot

Graphic content: Doctors shocked after man coughs up lung clot

Even more uncomfortable is the revelation that it was not removed by medical staff, but in fact coughed up by a patient who was suffering from heart failure.

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.

In a case report from the New England Journal of Medicine, the man had been admitted to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center with chronic heart failure.

The mysterious, cherry-red cast resembled a piece of coral, and an image of it has gone viral after appearing in The New England Journal of Medicine. 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 one man in California shocked his doctors when he coughed up an unusual-looking blood clot: It was in the shape of his lung.

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

Per the Atlantic, Wieselthaler said that the use of the pump requires anticoagulants to "make the blood thinner and prevent clots from forming", though that comes with the risk of uncontrolled internal bleeding. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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The man was later taken off the intubator after he stopped coughing up blood.

Fibrinogen is a type of protein in the blood that works to glue platelets together.

He was extubated two days later, and he had no further instances of coughing up blood, but he died one week later due to complications of heart failure.

Doctors working at the hospital said the man instantly felt better after coughing up the clot but the size of it suggested the 36-year-old's condition was severe.

The man coughed up the right bronchial tree. The woman recovered and delivered a healthy child.


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