SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – Doctors were stunned after a patient from the UC in San Francisco coughed a six-inch blood clot that perfectly preserved the shape of his right bronchial tree.
Dr. Georg Wieselthaler, with UCSF, described the extraordinary event in an interview with KPIX.
"Initially everyone was shocked because it was so big," said Dr. Wiesenthaler.
"We spread it, since it was more or less a cast of his full right lung – which is … very rare because, usually, it breaks into more pieces and you would never have the full cast like this."
The 36-year-old man had a medical history that included heart failure. He also had a permanent pacemaker and, about a week after the removal of the clot, he died.
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