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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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
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Aspiration
  • Charcoal
  • Nasogastric tube
  • Overdose
  • Pleuropneumonia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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