Adult respiratory distress syndrome from sulfuric acid fume inhalation.
A 23-year-old man had adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) caused by acute exposure to sulfuric acid fumes. The patient survived the initial hospitalization to be readmitted later with a lung abscess. After therapy, his chest roentgenogram and pulmonary function tests revealed no abnormalities except a marginally decreased DLCO, and he was without functional deficit. Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema probably resulted from direct alveolar injury caused by sulfuric acid.
Knapp, MJ; Bunn, WB; Stave, GM
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