Charcoal lung. Bronchiolitis obliterans after aspiration of activated charcoal

C. G. Elliott, T. V. Colby, T. M. Kelly, H. G. Hicks

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Activated charcoal usually provides effective and safe treatment for drug overdose. We describe a patient who developed bronchiolitis obliterans and respiratory failure following aspiration of activated charcoal. This patient had a markedly reduced vital capacity with roentgenographic evidence of airtrapping. Chest roentgenograms did not demonstrate the large amount of charcoal identified at postmortem examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)672-674
Number of pages3
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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