Man, 36, rushed to hospital with heart problems coughs up part of his lung

A 36-year-old man coughed up part of his lung during an extreme fit in hospital, medics have revealed.

The unnamed patient was initially admitted to intensive care at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center with heart problems.

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.

The man had been at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center when he had the extreme coughing spell

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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