Man Coughs Up Right Bronchial Tree In California Hospital Before Dying

Photo: The New England Journal of Medicine 2018

A 36-year-old man was admitted into the ICU at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center with chronic heart failure. That's when he had a coughing fit that was so severe that he hacked up the cast of his right bronchial tree.

“The right bronchial tree consists of three segmental branches in the upper lobe, two segmental branches in the middle lobe, and five segmental branches in the lower lobe,” the case report’s authors wrote on the New England Journal of Medicine 2018. “The patient’s trachea was subsequently intubated, and flexible bronchoscopy revealed a small amount of blood in the basilar branches of the right lower lobe.”

The man died one week later due to heart failure.

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