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Chest. 1991 Oct;100(4):1155-7.

Interstitial pneumonitis associated with "crack" cocaine abuse.

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Department of Medicine, Robert L. Thompson Strategic Hospital, Carswell AFB, Texas.

Abstract

A 33-year-old woman developed acute bilateral pulmonary infiltrates after the intense use of rock cocaine (crack). She subsequently had progressive deterioration of pulmonary function to the point of being ventilator-dependent. Open lung biopsy showed a chronic interstitial pneumonia with extensive accumulation of free silica within histiocytes associated with mild pulmonary fibrosis. This pattern of interstitial pneumonia has not been previously reported in crack users.

PMID:
1914578
DOI:
10.1378/chest.100.4.1155
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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