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Respiratory failure from corn starch aspiration: a hazard of diaper changing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8859920     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Corn starch powder is widely used for routine infant skin care as a substitute for talcum powder, as it is believed to have fewer respiratory hazards. We describe a one-month-old infant who presented to an emergency department with respiratory failure and a severe pneumonitis from aspiration of corn starch powder. The patient recovered after five days of mechanical ventilatory support. We conclude that careless use of corn starch for infant skin care can lead to accidental aspiration of this substance and severe respiratory disease.
P Silver; M Sagy; L Rubin
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric emergency care     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0749-5161     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Publication Date:  1996 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-04-09     Completed Date:  1997-04-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8507560     Medline TA:  Pediatr Emerg Care     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  108-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Schneider Children's Hospital of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York 11042, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
Infant, Newborn
Pneumonia, Aspiration / etiology*,  therapy
Powders / adverse effects*
Respiration, Artificial
Respiratory Insufficiency / etiology*,  radiography,  therapy
Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Bacterial Agents; 0/Powders

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