Man, 36, coughs up part of his LUNG after he was hospitalized with heart palpitations
-A 36-year-old man was admitted to the ICU at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center with chronic heart failure
-For a week he coughed up blood and mucus and needed supplemental oxygen
-After a particularly violent coughing spell, he coughed up an intact cast of his right bronchial tree
-One week later, the patient died from heart failure complications, including too much fluid in the blood and a low amount of blood pumping through the body
A California man literally coughed up part of his lung after he was hospitalized for heart palpitations.
In a case report from the New England Journal of Medicine, surgeons from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center presented the case of a 36-year-old patient who was admitted to the ICU with chronic heart failure.
While there, he suffered various complications and part of his bronchial tree – which supplies air from the windpipe into the lungs – came up after a violent coughing spell.
He died a week later.
Medics have now shared a picture of the man’s intact right bronchial tree and documented the incident with the New England Medical Journal of Medicine.
They explained how the man had a history of chronic heart failure and had previously had a pacemaker fitted.
While in hospital he started coughing up blood and mucus, as well as suffering from breathing problems.
Doctors had to increasingly supply him with supplemental oxygen.
He then spontaneously coughed up the right bronchial tree, which consists of three segmental branches and five segmental branches.
A tube was inserted in his windpipe to assist with his breathing and removed after two days.
But sadly a week later the man died from complications of heart failure.
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