Intensive Care Medicine

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 215–217 | Cite as

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

  • V. Pettilä
  • O. Takkunen
  • P. Tukiainen
BRIEF REPORT

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.

Key words Smoke inhalation ¶Zinc chloride ARDS Chemical pleurodesis 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Pettilä
    • 1
  • O. Takkunen
    • 1
  • P. Tukiainen
    • 2
  1. 1.Intensive Care Unit, Division of Anesthesiology, Department of Surgery, Helsinki University Central Hospital, 00 290 Helsinki, Finland e-mail: Ville.Pettila@Helsinki.fi Tel.: + 3 58-9-47 17 26 75 Fax: + 3 58-9-47 17 56 78FI
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Helsinki University Central Hospital, 00 290 Helsinki, FinlandFI

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