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Acute respiratory distress syndrome in a woman with heroin and methamphetamine misuse.
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PMID:  11678007     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Methamphetamine, heroin, and cannabis are three of the most commonly misused drugs in Asia. In Taiwan, cases of misuse of methamphetamine have been increasing. In this paper, we report the case of a 23-year-old woman who had a 10-year history of smoking methamphetamine and intermittent use of heroin for 3 to 4 years. She developed pulmonary toxic effects associated with misuse of heroin and methamphetamine. She was brought to the emergency room because of consciousness disturbance and acute respiratory failure. Her symptoms of rapid progression of refractory hypoxemia, ill-defined densities over both lung fields, and normal pulmonary artery wedge pressure were consistent with acute respiratory distress syndrome. Rapid resolution of infiltrations and improvement of oxygenation were observed after mechanical ventilation with positive end-expiratory pressure support and oxygen therapy. She was discharged on the fifteenth hospital day without any sequela except for mild exertional dyspnea.
P S Yeh; A Yuan; C J Yu; S H Kuo; K T Luh; P C Yang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Formosan Medical Association = Taiwan yi zhi     Volume:  100     ISSN:  0929-6646     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Formos. Med. Assoc.     Publication Date:  2001 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-25     Completed Date:  2001-12-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9214933     Medline TA:  J Formos Med Assoc     Country:  China (Republic: 1949- )    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  553-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine, En Chu Kong Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Heroin Dependence / complications*
Methamphetamine / adverse effects*
Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult / chemically induced*
Substance-Related Disorders / complications*
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