Charcoal-containing empyema complicating treatment for overdose

F. R. Justiniani, R. Hippalgaonkar, L. O. Martinez

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A 25-year-old man was treated with gastric lavage and activated charcoal for alcohol and drug overdose; immediately following the initial treatment he developed tension pneumothorax successfully managed with a chest tube. The patient presented four weeks later with a charcoal-containing empyema, an unreported condition heretofore.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)404-405
Number of pages2
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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