I realize after all these years Deb may no longer need or be interested in this info, but I will post it as it could possibly help others with the same question:
One of my ancestors died in 1835, in Unterkochen, Kingdom of Württemberg (Germany). His cause of death is given as "schleimschlag." My research has shown this translates to a condition known as "mucoid impaction" ["schleim"=mucus; "schlag"=impact], also known as "bronchocoele" or "mucocoel." Mucoid impaction is the presence of an abnormal accumulation of bronchial secretions creating mucus plugs in the bronchial tubes which cause difficulty breathing. The condition is usually secondary to some other illness such as (but not limited to) asthma, cystic fibrosis or lung cancer. I am willing to bet that in the 1800's it was probably the tag given to any condition when the deceased person had coughed-up significant amounts of phlegm and blood.
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