Author(s): Elliott CG, Colby TV, Kelly TM, Hicks HG
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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.
This article was published in Chest
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Toxicology