A person undergoing heart failure treatment pushed a massive blood clot into the perfect shape of his white passage and the image attracted an even amount of astonishment and disgust online.
The image, published in an essay on medical anomalies photographs from the New England Journal of Medicine, shows the bright red, 15 cm wide clot with branches identical to the patient's right lung bronchial wood.
According to the description of the image, the 36-year-old male patient bites the clot "during extreme coughing attacks". This gave the patient temporary relief, but he died nine days later due to complications of heart failure.
"We were surprised," said Georg M. Wieselthaler, a lung surgeon who worked on the patient for the Atlantic Ocean. "This is a curiosity you can not imagine – I mean, it is very, very, very rare".
Wieselthaler had the patient's heart connected to a device designed to help blood flow, but these devices can cause clotting, which can explain the size of the clot. He added that surgeons are still unsure how he could come out without breaking himself.
Though extremely unusual, this is not entirely unheard of. In 2005, the European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery published a similar picture of bronchial thrombotic thrombosis that a pregnant 25-year-old woman coughed. This clot, however, is much smaller.
The image has become viral since it was published last week, as people compare it to a lighted Christmas tree, a pile of jam and coral. Others want advice on how to avoid viewing the image.
You do not understand why you're so terrified of this blood clot. It seems that the kind of coral people decorate their holiday houses … pic.twitter.com/aK0SD5md51
– Jamie Kenny (@LaComtesseJamie) December 7, 2018
I saw these trees at midnight and thought of the huge blood clot. This story ruined me. pic.twitter.com/hz7yAxfOwl
– Jenny Vrentas (@ Jenny Vrentas) December 7, 2018
Oh, God, what if the blood clot is the host of the Oscars
– Eric Heywood (@EricHaywood) December 7, 2018
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– I come for the hate speech!
"I came to write a picture of a terrible blood clot in my timeline at random intervals!"
– Dave Itkoff (@ditzkoff) December 7, 2018
– Crushed Mom (@SarcasticBride) 8 December 2018
I patted this blood clot pic.twitter.com/UtSKQZSmrh
– Quinn Sutherland (@ReelQuinn) December 7, 2018
how do you block the blood clot photo
– Ossita Nuaneu (@ Ossa Nouaneu) 8 December 2018