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Pyothorax Following Kerosene Ingestion: A Severe Complication of Kerosene Poisoning

Anindya Chattopadhyay, Pankaj Halder, Somak Krishna Biswas, Niladri Mukherjee

Keywords : Accidental poisoning, empyema thoracis, pneumonitis, steroid, video-assisted thoracoscopy

Citation Information : Chattopadhyay A, Halder P, Biswas SK, Mukherjee N. Pyothorax Following Kerosene Ingestion: A Severe Complication of Kerosene Poisoning. Indian J Respir Care 2021; 10 (1):120-122.

DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_40_20

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 06-12-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; Indian Journal of Respiratory Care.


Pyopneumothorax following kerosene aspiration is not rare in children, but seldom requires surgical intervention. We report a case of kerosene poisoning in a 25-month-old girl where aspiration pneumonitis progressed to pyothorax in spite of supportive medical therapy. Thoracoscopic drainage was done to prevent on-going lung damage and sepsis.

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