A 64-year-old patient with back pain and fever who went to hospital died after doctors pulled a 7.8-inch bronchial tube out of his lungs. Although it was not the procedure that killed him, he suffered from difficulty breathing and low blood pressure and coughed blood, according to the reports of his physicians published in the BMJ case reports.
The Intensive Care Unit of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, where he was treated for sepsis and received a ventilator. A CT scan revealed lesions in the brain and another pulmonary edema. He also suffered from a severe staphylococcal infection at this time.
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After he started coughing blood, doctors through a bronchoscopy determined he was a "big pale Blood clot "had" stuck in his breathing tube and tried several times to remove it by suction, but was unsuccessful.
"Because of the night, the funds required for rigid bronchoscopy were unavailable," his doctors wrote in the case report Grad I view of the epiglottis had been verified, the patient was paralyzed, sedated and aspirated to remove the ETT and the adjacent clot. "
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The removal was a success and his breathing improved immediately, but he could not recover from his various other ailments, including colon cancer. His family agreed to switch off life support, and he died soon afterwards.
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Photos of the procedure show the blood clot attached to the end of the endotracheal tube after it has been removed from the patient's chest. Another picture shows that the clot formed in a perfect impression of the bronchi and measured longer than the finger of his doctor.