Man dying of heart failure coughing blood clot in the form of pulmonary passage.
A 36-year-old man suffering from chronic heart failure shocked doctors when he spat a blood clot resembling the bronchial tree in his right lung in late November.
Georg Wieselthaler, a transplant and pulmonary surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, told Atlantic: "We were surprised. It's a curiosity you can not imagine, I mean, this is very, very, very rare.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the man was an ICU patient at the University of San Francisco Medical Center in treatment for end-stage heart failure.
During the week of the patient's hospitalization, the man had periodic episodes of cough, which progressed to an extreme cough when he suddenly expelled the unusual clot.
After oxygen was supplied through a tube, the man's cough ceased two days later, leading to removal of the tube. Unfortunately, even if the cough died, his health worsened.
Despite the physician's best efforts and assistance from a ventricular device, the man died of heart failure a week later.
The source of information in this article was provided in large part in part to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine.