Mineral oil lipoid pneumonia in a child with anoxic encephalopathy: Treatment by whole lung lavage

Barbara Ciravegna, Oliviero Sacco, Cristina Moroni, Michela Silvestri, Alfredo Pallecchi, Anna Loy, Giovanni A. Rossi

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Abstract

We describe a case of exogenous lipoid pneumonia in a child with anoxic encephalopathy who was taking mineral oil for constipation. Computed tomography produced images suggesting this condition, and the diagnosis was confirmed by demonstrating the presence of lipid-laden alveolar macrophages in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Despite discontinuing the offending agent, the pulmonary infiltrates did not improve; however, successful resolution was obtained by whole lung lavage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-237
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Pulmonology
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1997

Keywords

  • bronchoalveolar lavage
  • lipoid pneumonia
  • whole lung lavage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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