A man from California made news in the world of science by expelling part of a lung when coughing.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the patient at the University of California San Francisco Hospital was admitted to the intensive care unit for a chronic heart condition. The 36-year-old man coughed so severely that at one moment he expelled a mold from the right bronchial tree.
His visit to the hospital was after a week with coughing, in which he threw phlegm and blood. The man had had a pacemaker a few days before.
"The right bronchial tree consists of three branches in the upper lobe, two branches in the middle lobe and five branches in the lower lobe," wrote the authors of the medical report. "The patient's trachea was intubated and the bronchoscopy revealed a small amount of blood in the basilar branches of the right lower lobe."
The right bronchus. The man was intubated for two days and stopped coughing up blood. However, the patient died a week later due to a cardiac complication.
Read the full report here (English).