Iatrogenic pleuropulmonary charcoal instillation in a teenager

Sandip A. Godambe, Jennifer W. Mack, David S. Chung, Robert Lindeman, Craig W. Lillehei, Andrew A. Colin

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Abstract

Activated charcoal given through a nasogastric tube is a standard intervention for many types of toxic ingestions in the emergency department. This case study describes a teenage girl whose multidrug overdose was complicated by accidental charcoal instillation into her left lung and pleural space through a misplaced nasogastric tube. The ensuing empyema did not respond to antibiotic therapy alone, probably due to the inherent properties of charcoal, and required a chest tube placement with continuous irrigation. Unlike previously reported cases, this patient did well clinically, without long-term morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-493
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric pulmonology
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003

Keywords

  • Aspiration
  • Charcoal
  • Nasogastric tube
  • Overdose
  • Pleuropneumonia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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    Godambe, S. A., Mack, J. W., Chung, D. S., Lindeman, R., Lillehei, C. W., & Colin, A. A. (2003). Iatrogenic pleuropulmonary charcoal instillation in a teenager. Pediatric pulmonology, 35(6), 490-493. https://doi.org/10.1002/ppul.10272