Pyopneumothorax Following Kerosene Poisoning


  • King George’s Medical University, Departments of Internal Medicine, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • King George’s Medical University, Surgery, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • King George’s Medical University, Radiodiagnosis, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India


Kerosene poisoning is a common poisoning in India especially in childhood, and clinical spectrum can range from meager chemical pneumonitis to grave complications such as hypoxia, pneumothorax, pneumomediastinum, and emphysema. Pyopneumothorax that may require aggressive management in the form of thoracotomy has not been reported in literature. We hereby report a 22‑year young female who had developed series of respiratory complications including pyopneumothorax following ingestion of kerosene with suicidal intent and was treated successfully.


Chemical pneumonitis, kerosene poisoning, pyopneumothorax

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