The Drug-Induced Respiratory Disease Website
Philippe Camus, M.D.
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Thermal (burns, frostbite), chemical, or caustic facial and/or airway injury
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Drug and radiation history
Drug singularity - Correct identification of the drug
Consistent timing of exposure v. onset of symptoms
Clinical, imaging, BAL, pathological pattern consistent with the specific drug
Careful exlusion of another cause
Remission of symptoms with removal of drug
Recurrence with rechallenge (rarely advisable)
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See also under
Clinical review: Major consequences of illicit drug consumption.
Thermal epiglottitis in adults: a new complication of illicit drug use.
The pulmonary complications of crack cocaine. A comprehensive review.
A review of pulmonary pathology and mechanisms associated with inhalation of freebase cocaine ("crack").
Airway complications from free-basing cocaine.