Drs Remove 36 Litres Of Fluid From Cough Patients Lung

Doctors have removed 36 litres of a milky liquid from a Chinese renovation worker’s lungs after he went to hospital with a cough.

Renovation worker named as Mr Deng, 39, had been suffering from severe coughing for over three months when he went to the Panyu Chinese Medicine Hospital in the city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province in China.

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Mr.Deng’s lung CT before (L) and after (R)

After undergoing a CT scan, doctors discovered Mr Deng was suffering from the rare disease pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) in what has been described by medics as 1 in 5 million case.

The condition was so bad that it stopped him from being able to climb two storeys.

The procedure lasted four hours and saw 36 litres (72 500-millilitre bottles) of saline solution washed through the patient’s lung which came out as a milky liquid afterwards.

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The milky liquid

Doctor Zhang Weidong told local media: “PAP is rare to see globally. It happens in 1 of 5 million cases. It may be related to a gene defect, infection, immunity and other factors. Patients’ lungs will be covered by increasing protein, which makes breathing harder and harder and causes severe infection. Patients can’t even breathe oxygen.”

Doctor Weidong decided to give Mr. Deng large-volume lung lavage, a process of washing the patient’s lungs with a saline solution.

Reports state Mr. Deng has recovered and is breathing normally. He has returned home and can reportedly climb up to the tenth floor with only one stop.

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Story By: Buli LiangSub-EditorFrancis George, Agency: AsiaWire

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