WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 64-year-old man has died after a 7.8-inch blood clot was discovered in his lungs.
- Chest scans had revealed the large blood clot, which was soon stuck inside his breathing tube.
- His breathing recovered after it was removed, but several other illness had already taken a toll on the patient’s body.
A 64-year-old man who complained of back pain and fever has died after a 7.8-inch blood clot was discovered in his lungs.
The doctors at a London hospital run by Imperial College Healthcare pulled the coagulated blood from the patient’s breathing tube. It had kept the branched shape of the lung’s airways.
Dr. Charles Coughlan stated that the man had a “profoundly low” blood pressure when he arrived at the hospital. The blood clot was revealed by chest scans, which also showed rising fluid in his lungs. They managed to drain a “large volume,” but the man started coughing up blood.
A breathing tube was inserted directly into the man’s lung to aid breathing. But a bronchoscopy soon showed that a “large pale blood clot” had stuck inside the breathing tube.
Coughlan stated, “Despite multiple attempts, this could not be removed by suction.” He described the clot as a “bronchial cast” which had molded to the shape of the airway in which it came from.
The patient had to be sedated and paralyzed so that physicians could remove the clot from the tube. His breathing recovered “immediately” afterward.
However, his body had already been suffering from multiple latent illnesses that were only revealed by further tests.
Aside from having had a heart valve replacement in the past, he also suffered from bowel cancer, septic shock, and a powerful staph infection, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), in his cardiac muscle.
Doctors determined that further treatment would just be in vain. With the family’s permission, the man’s life support was turned off.
The hospital doctors detailed the patient’s condition in BMJ Case Reports.
Source: New York Post