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December 1976

Pneumatoceles Following Hydrocarbon Ingestion

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Ospedale M. Bufalini 47023 Cesena, Italy

Am J Dis Child. 1976;130(12):1376. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1976.02120130082021

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Sir.—In their article (Am J Dis Child 129:49, 1975), Bergeson and associates observed that pneumatoceles following hydrocarbon ingestion have been described in only 15 patients in the literature. Really, the reported cases are 15 in the English and American literature, but not in the world literature. As an instance, nine years ago we described the case of a 3-year-old boy, febrile with consolidation in both bases and a single bullous image in the left lower lobe eight days after ingestion of derosene (Clin Pediatr 49:1-6, 1967). Chest roentgenograms taken 18 days after ingestion showed no residual pneumatoceles.

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