Transfusion-related acute lung injury

Famularo, Giuseppe; Galluzzo, Michele
July 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;7/17/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 2, p149
Academic Journal
The article describes a case of transfusion-related lung injury in a 67-year-old male patient. He was given 2 units of packed red blood cells because of severe iron-deficiency anemia. Forty minutes after, he experienced a sudden onset of dyspnea, tachypnea, cyanosis, fever, profuse diaphoresis and hypoxemia. A chest radiograph showed coarse alveolar infiltrates and a normal cardiac silhouette. His computed tomography scan showed diffuse edema and inflammatory consolidation of both lungs.


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