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Chest. 1989 Sep;96(3):672-4.

Charcoal lung. Bronchiolitis obliterans after aspiration of activated charcoal.

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Department of Medicine, LDS Hospital, Salt Lake City 84143.

Abstract

Activated charcoal usually provides effective and safe treatment for drug overdose. We describe a patient who developed bronchiolitis obliterans and respiratory failure following aspiration of activated charcoal. This patient had a markedly reduced vital capacity with roentgenographic evidence of airtrapping. Chest roentgenograms did not demonstrate the large amount of charcoal identified at postmortem examination.

PMID:
2766830
DOI:
10.1378/chest.96.3.672
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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