Man Literally Coughs His Lungs Out; 36-Year-Old With Heart Disease Dies Weeks Later
Part of the man's right bronchial tree (Photo Credits: The New England Journal of Medicine)
A 36-year-old man who was admitted for heart palpitations ended up literally coughing his lungs out. The California native was admitted to the hospital, following chronic heart failure. For a week, he was constantly coughing up blood and mucus. And after a particularly violent bout of a cough, a part of his lungs – the right bronchial tree – was expelled out of his body. His case report is published in the New England Journal of Medicine and was presented by a team of surgeons from the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. He died of heart-related complications a week later.
According to his case report, he had a long history of cardiac diseases and suffered from heart failure. Following a complete heart block, he was fitted with a pacemaker. During the next week, the patient was coughing up blood and mucus, and during one of those bouts, an intact cast of the right bronchial tree was expelled out. Boy’s Whistling Cough! Not a Disease, but a Toy Whistle Lodged in His Throat: Watch Video.
The bronchial tree is a system of tubes – that resemble the branches of a tree – that carries air from the windpipe into the lungs. Without these tubes, oxygen cannot be supplied to the body.
A week after the incident, the patient died after suffering from more heart-related complications. There was too much fluid in the blood and low amount of circulatory blood in the body. Home Remedies To Prevent and Treat Sore Throat and Cough During Seasonal Change This Winter.
The case report states that his ejection fraction (the blood pumped out with each heart contraction) was a mere 20 percent, when it’s supposed to be between 50 and 75 percent. He suffered from the narrowing of the bicuspid aorta for which he was fitted with a bioprosthetic aortic valve. In addition to this, he also had an endovascular stent placed due to an aortic aneurysm.
Although coughing out an entire lung is impossible, the case report suggests that violent bouts of a cough can sometimes expel parts of the lung. You may suffer from a hernia of the lung, where a part of the organ sticks out of the ribs, if you cough too hard.