Inhaled heroin-induced status asthmaticus: Five cases and a review of the literature

James Cygan, Matthew Trunsky, Thomas Corbridge*

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Abstract

We report five cases of status asthmaticus (four requiring mechanical ventilation) that were triggered by inhaled heroin and review the pertinent literature. These cases share common features of sudden and severe asthma exacerbations temporally related to heroin use, stress the importance of considering illicit drug use in like cases, and call attention to a public health issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-275
Number of pages4
JournalCHEST
Volume117
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Diacetylmorphine
  • Heroin
  • Status asthmaticus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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