Adult respiratory distress syndrome related to ampicillin sensitivity

Chest. 1980 Mar;77(3):449-51. doi: 10.1378/chest.77.3.449.


A patient with the adult respiratory distress syndrome was found to have an alveolar allergic reaction demonstrated by transbronchial lung biopsy. The clinical course and subsequent skin test reactivity suggested ampicillin as the cause. This is an unusual presentation of ampicillin allergy, and drug sensitivity is suggested as another cause of the adult respiratory distress syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Ampicillin / adverse effects*
  • Ampicillin / therapeutic use
  • Drug Hypersensitivity / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intradermal Tests
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome / chemically induced*
  • Urinary Tract Infections / drug therapy


  • Ampicillin