Which respiratory findings suggest methamphetamine toxicity?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: John R Richards, MD, FAAEM; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Respiratory findings are as follows:

  • Barotrauma, including pneumomediastinum, pneumothorax, and pneumopericardium may result from forceful inhalation [42]

  • Acute noncardiogenic pulmonary edema and pulmonary hypertension may result from acute and chronic use, as well as from adulterants introduced during intravenous use such as talc or cornstarch [42, 43, 44]

  • Wheezing from reactive airway disease may be induced by methamphetamine [42]


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