, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 215-217

Zinc chloride smoke inhalation: a rare cause of severe acute respiratory distress syndrome

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Abstract

Zinc chloride smoke inhalation is a rare cause of slowly progressive and often fatal acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The conventional treatment includes intravenous N-acetylcysteine, L-3, 4-dehydroproline, methylene blue, and respiratory support according to the lung protective strategy. This report presents the cases of three patients with serious zinc chloride inhalation and ARDS, the last of whom survived after prolonged intensive care, videothoracoscopic excision of emphysema bullae, and recurrent chemical pleurodesis.

Received: 3 March 1999 Final revision received: 6 July 1999 Accepted: 27 October 1999