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Huge blood clot shaped like the lungs it came out of / Boing Boing



Georg Wieselthaler / The New England Journal of Medicine © 2018

A patient suffering from heart failure was reportedly coughing up a huge blood clot that somehow retained the shape of the lung passages that blocked it. Haley Weiss of the Atlantic reports that "Doctors are not sure how it came from a patient"

In Wieselthal's case, blood from his patient's pulmonary system finally broke into the lower right lung and went straight to the bronchial tree. After days of coughing up much smaller lumps, Wieselthaler's patient broke down a longer, deeper cough and spat with relief a large, oddly shaped, collapsed lump. After carefully unrolling and laying out the bundle, Wieselthaler and his team found that the airway architecture was so perfectly preserved that they could identify it as the right bronchial tree, based solely on the number of branches and their orientation.

He died a few days later. I checked. We are sorry.

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