A 36-year-old man has died after suffering from chronic heart failure and coughs so seriously that he spits out a light red blood clot perfectly shaped like the airway passage in his right lung bronchial tree.
The unidentified patient received treatment in intensive care at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, according to a November 29 article in the New England Journal of Medicine.
During the week’s hospital visit, the man’s cough went on to produce blood and mucus. During a rather extreme hack he coughed up “an intact casting of the right bronchial tree,” mentioned the article.
“The right bronchial tree consists of three segment boundaries in the upper lobe, two segment boundaries in the middle and five segments of the underlining,” wrote the author. “The patient’s air tube was then intubated and flexible bronchoscopy revealed a small amount of blood in the basil branches in the right lower leaf. “
The man was extubated two days after the event and left no further cases of coughing blood.
He died a week later due to complications of heart failure, reported the newspaper.