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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Apr;31(4):279-80. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000234.

Pediatric tea tree oil aspiration treated with surfactant in the emergency department.

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From the *Department of Emergency Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center; †Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine; and ‡Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO.


Tea tree oil is an essential oil containing a mixture of aromatic hydrocarbons. We describe an 18-month-old male patient who ingested tea tree oil, developed central nervous system depression, respiratory distress, and received early emergency department treatment with surfactant. Early treatment of hydrocarbon pneumonitis with surfactant has not been previously described. Early administration of surfactant should be further evaluated for treatment of hydrocarbon aspiration.

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