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Researchers: Man coughs up cast of lung's intact bronchial tree

from The Epoch Times

“I just coughed up a lung” is a term that’s not supposed to be taken literally. But for one 36-year-old California man, it was. The New England Journal of Medicine tweeted several disturbing, yet visually striking photos, showing a single-piece “cast” made of a blood clot that matched the man’s bronchial tree, which transports air to and from the lungs. The unidentified patient was receiving treatment at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and was fitted with a pacemaker. The journal said that over the span of a week, the patient was coughing blood and phlegm before coughing up a six-inch wide cast of the tree. more

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