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Charcoal lung. Bronchiolitis obliterans after aspiration of activated charcoal. FREE TO VIEW

C G Elliott; T V Colby; T M Kelly; H G Hicks
Chest. 1989;96(3):672-674. doi:10.1378/chest.96.3.672
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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.




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