Disseminated Aspergillosis Associated With Tsunami Lung

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Many survivors of the tsunami that occurred following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, contracted a systemic disorder called “tsunami lung,” a series of severe systemic infections following aspiration pneumonia caused by near drowning in the tsunami. Generally, the cause of aspiration pneumonia is polymicrobial, including fungi and aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, but Aspergillus infection is rarely reported. Here we report a case of tsunami lung complicated by disseminated aspergillosis, as diagnosed during autopsy.

Keywords: ARDS; autopsy; cardiomyopathy; disasters; disseminated aspergillosis; extravascular lung water

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4187/respcare.01701

Affiliations: Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Aidu Chuo Hospital, Fukushima, Japan

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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