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

Intensive care medicine

PubMedID: 10784312

Pettilä V, Takkunen O, Tukiainen P. Zinc chloride smoke inhalation: a rare cause of severe acute respiratory distress syndrome. Intensive Care Med. 2000;26(2):215-7.
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.