BLOODY HELL

MAN COUGHS UP TER­RI­FY­ING CLOT

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A MAN stunned doc­tors by cough­ing up a six-inch blood clot from his lungs in the near-per­fect shape of his right bronchial tree.

The cast, which looks like a piece of coral, has gone vi­ral af­ter ap­pear­ing in the New Eng­land Jour­nal of Medicine.

It came from a 36-year-old BY RICHARD GOOD­MAN with end-stage heart fail­ure who spat out the clot in one piece dur­ing a pro­longed cough­ing fit in hos­pi­tal.

Doc­tors treat­ing the pa­tient were “as­ton­ished” af­ter they un­furled the clot to find it had re­tained the shape of the lung path­way from which it had come. Sur­geon Ge­org Wieselthaler said: “It’s a cu­rios­ity you can’t imag­ine. This is very, very, very rare.”

The pa­tient had been placed on oxy­gen and given blood thin­ners to help cir­cu­late blood and pre­vent clog­ging but died a week later in San Fran­cisco.

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