Unusual freshwater near-drowning syndrome in a hospitalized postlobectomy patient Journal Article


Authors: Sogoloff, H.; Barrera, R.; Ginsberg, R.; Stover, D.
Article Title: Unusual freshwater near-drowning syndrome in a hospitalized postlobectomy patient
Abstract: Near-drowning syndrome depends on the duration of submersion, the amount of fluid aspirated, and the severity of hypoxia. We report a case in which a patient developed ARDS shortly after undergoing a left upper lobectomy and a chest wall resection for a lung carcinoma. On further investigation, the ARDS was caused by near-drowning in a basin of freshwater: the patient's face was submerged by the patient's companion as part of a cultural tradition of trying to clean his lung. We believe that this case presents the etiology of freshwater near-drowning syndrome due to an ethnogenic practice not previously reported.
Keywords: controlled study; treatment outcome; aged; antibiotic agent; clinical feature; case report; image analysis; lung disease; lung lobectomy; lung neoplasms; pneumonectomy; differential diagnosis; hypoxia; postoperative complication; postoperative complications; disease severity; corticosteroid derivative; lung carcinoma; gentamicin; physical examination; hypoxemia; thorax surgery; cultural factor; inhalation; artificial ventilation; adult respiratory distress syndrome; culture; korea; imipenem; respiratory distress syndrome, adult; diuresis; ethnic diversity; humans; human; male; priority journal; article; fresh water; near-drowning; near drowning; water immersion
Journal Title: Chest
Volume: 120
Issue: 3
ISSN: 0012-3692
Publisher: American College of Chest Physicians  
Date Published: 2001-09-01
Start Page: 1021
End Page: 1022
Language: English
DOI: 10.1378/chest.120.3.1021
PUBMED: 11555542
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Export Date: 21 May 2015 -- Source: Scopus
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