“He had a slow bleed that was ongoing despite the medication,” Gavitt Woodard, a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at the university hospital, told The Washington Post.
Clots formed. The patient coughed them up over days, Woodard said. They were cylindrical and minor at first, like small worms.
The patient was suffering from hard cough and then spit out six inches long blood clot. Then that clot was collected on the surgical towel carefully by the Woodward’s team.
What they found was astonishing. The patient’s blood pooled in his right bronchial tree – part of the network where air travels through the lungs – and solidified “like Jell-O,” Woodard said. And it came out whole and intact.
“No one on our team has seen anything close to this,” she said.
The 36-year-old patient was intubated for two days after the incident, which happened “recently,” Woodard said, though she declined to give any more details, citing patient privacy.
After a week, the patient died.
He died a week later, Woodard said, but his death was unrelated to the incident. He had a host of severe conditions, and the clots he coughed up were a side effect of the medication, she said.
“It’s beautiful anatomy,” she said. “It’s a sad story, but it’s a very cool image.”
The clot did not help researchers advance medical knowledge, she said.
The clot is also an opportunity to show how intricate the human body is, Woodard said, something everybody thought they knew until it was presented in a different way – like the impossibly detailed formations of fallen ice under a microscope.
“It’s like the biggest snowflake you’ve ever seen,” Woodard said.
This clot does not helped in any of the medical research but the photo has captured eyes of many and then it was published in the medical journal articles also.”During an extreme bout of coughing, the patient spontaneously expectorated an intact cast of the right bronchial tree,” the doctors say.
The picture is hard to look away and it seems as a red bright object which matches the shape of a tree and flowers.
This kind of clot isn’t unheard of in patients, but what was unusual was how intact it was. “We were astonished,” Wieselthaler told The Atlantic. “It’s a curiosity you can’t imagine — I mean, this is very, very, very rare.”
A similar case was observed in the 2005 report in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery in which a pregnant woman also coughed a blood clot like this