Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage temporally related to cocaine smoking

Chest. 1988 Feb;93(2):427-9. doi: 10.1378/chest.93.2.427.


Previous reports of respiratory complications from cocaine abuse have focused on pulmonary barotrauma or a reduction in carbon monoxide diffusing capacity. We report a patient who developed life-threatening alveolar hemorrhage following repeated inhalation of alkaloid cocaine.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cocaine*
  • Female
  • Hemorrhage / chemically induced*
  • Hemorrhage / pathology
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Lung Diseases / pathology
  • Pulmonary Alveoli / pathology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications*


  • Cocaine