Charcoal-containing empyema complicating treatment for overdose

Chest. 1985 Mar;87(3):404-5. doi: 10.1378/chest.87.3.404.


A 25-year-old man was treated with gastric lavage and activated charcoal for alcohol and drug overdose; immediately following the initial treatment he developed tension pneumothorax successfully managed with a chest tube. The patient presented four weeks later with a charcoal-containing empyema, an unreported condition heretofore.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / therapy*
  • Charcoal / adverse effects*
  • Charcoal / therapeutic use
  • Empyema / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Inhalation
  • Male
  • Methaqualone / poisoning*
  • Pneumothorax / etiology


  • Charcoal
  • Methaqualone