A man who went to the doctor with back pain and fever has died after the discovery of a 7.8 inch blood clot in his lungs.
The coagulated blood drawn from the respiratory tube of the 64-year-old patient maintained the cut shape of the respiratory tract. Doctors at a hospital in London run by Imperial College Healthcare published an account of the patient's condition in BMJ case reports.
When the man arrived at the hospital, his blood pressure was "deeply low" according to Dr. Charles Coughlan's Report. Breast examinations revealed pulmonary embolism and rising fluid in the lungs. They dropped a "large volume" from the chest, but soon the man began to cough up blood.
A bronchoscopy showed a "large pale blood clot" stuck in the patient's respiratory tract, which had been inserted directly into the man's lung to help breathe.
"Despite several attempts, this could not be removed by suction," wrote Coughlan, referring to the coagot as a "bronchial cast," which meant it was made into the shape of the airway where it originated. [1
Doctors determined that further treatment of his fragile body would be meaningless and, with the family's permission, turn off the man's life support.
Last year, a 36-year-old California patient also died after he literally coughed a lung – at least, part of it.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, a violent coughing ended when the heart patient chopped up a bronchial tree – part of the respiratory tract. The doctors wrote that although it is not possible to pass an entire lung through the trachea, parts of the organ have been known to break out in the body or up through the windpipe.