A 45-Year-Old Man With a Lung Mass and History of Charcoal Aspiration

Authors: Seder, David B1; Christman, Robert A2; Quinn, Michael O2; Knauft, M Elizabeth2

Source: Respiratory Care, Volume 51, Number 11, November 2006 , pp. 1251-1254(4)

Publisher: The Journal Respiratory Care Company

Buy & download fulltext article:

The full text article is not available for purchase.

The publisher only permits individual articles to be downloaded by subscribers.

Abstract:

A 45-year-old man was seen in consultation for evaluation of a spiculated right-lower-lobe mass that enlarged over 1 year. The patient had suffered accidental instillation of activated charcoal into the right lung via nasogastric tube 2 years prior to this consultation, with resultant respiratory failure, pneumonia, and pneumothorax. Biopsy of the mass showed anthracosis and granulomatous inflammation. A positron emission tomogram was strongly positive at the lesion, and right-lower-lobectomy with partial diaphragmatic resection was performed. On gross examination of the mass, a charcoal concretion was evident. Histologic examination showed intrinsic and surrounding granulomatous inflammation, but without tumor. The patient recovered uneventfully, and after 1 year had not experienced further complications.

Keywords: ANTHRACOSIS; ASPIRATION; CHARCOAL; LUNG MASS

Document Type: Case Report

Affiliations: 1: Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland ME 04102;, Email: sederd@mmc.org 2: Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine

Publication date: November 1, 2006

More about this publication?
Related content

Tools

Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content

Text size:

A | A | A | A
Share this item with others: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. print icon Print this page