Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 203–204

Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis after near-drowning

  • D. F. Vieira
  • H. K. F. Van Saene
  • D. R. Miranda
Case Reports


After near-drowning following a car accident, a 27-year-old man developed servere ARDS. Six days later Aspergillus fumigatus was isolated in his sputum, and invasive pulmonary aspergillosis developed thereafter. Aspergillus titre increased, and chest tomograms revealed cavities in both lungs. The treatment consisted essentially of Amphotericin B and 5 fluorocytosine, intravenously and by inhalation, intensive postural drainage and mechnical ventilation with PEEP. After 41 days he was cured and discharged from the ICU. Six months later he returned to his job and clinical examination was normal.

Key words

Near-drowning Aspergillosis Respiratory failure 


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© Springer-Verlag 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. F. Vieira
    • 1
  • H. K. F. Van Saene
    • 2
  • D. R. Miranda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive CareUniversity HospitalGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Clinical BacteriologyUniversity HospitalGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of AnaesthesiaHospitais Civis deLisboaPortugal

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