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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome after Viscum album Pleurodesis for Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax

  • Noh, Dongsub (Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University) ;
  • Park, Joon Suk (Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University) ;
  • Lee, Doo Yun (Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University)
  • Received : 2016.02.15
  • Accepted : 2016.06.23
  • Published : 2017.02.05

Abstract

A 52-year-old male patient who underwent multiple wedge resections experienced postoperative acute respiratory distress syndrome in both lungs after Viscum album pleurodesis. Despite initial rapid deterioration in clinical condition and rapid progression of bilateral lung infiltration, he exhibited a relatively smooth clinical recovery with marked response to glucocorticoid treatment. Our case report suggests that care must be taken to guard against the development of acute respiratory complications in the use of Viscum album for pleurodesis. However, in view of the clinically benign course, initial aggressive management of complications can prevent suffering and sequelae.

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