Delayed pulmonary edema and bronchospasm after accidental lacrimator exposure

Am J Emerg Med. 1996 Jul;14(4):402-5. doi: 10.1016/S0735-6757(96)90060-1.


Clinical manifestations of lacrimator exposure can be immediate or significantly delayed. In both phases, the sequelae can be severe and life-threatening. As personal protection devices, these agents have become readily available to the public in many areas of the country. Emergency physicians should gain a firm understanding of the presentation, management, and disposition of the lacrimator-exposed patient. A case of accidental prolonged lacrimator exposure inducing pulmonary edema and bronchospasm is presented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bronchial Spasm / chemically induced*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Poisoning / diagnosis
  • Poisoning / therapy
  • Pulmonary Edema / chemically induced*
  • Tear Gases / poisoning*
  • omega-Chloroacetophenone / poisoning*


  • Tear Gases
  • omega-Chloroacetophenone