The adult respiratory distress syndrome associated with miliary tuberculosis

H. W. Murray, C. U. Tuazon, N. Kirmani, J. N. Sheagren

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Abstract

Miliary tuberculosis is an unusual cause of acute, catastrophic pulmonary failure. In this report, the authors describe three patients with miliary tuberculosis who developed the adult respiratory distress syndrome. The diagnosis of tuberculosis was suspected early, appropriate therapy was initiated, and two patients survived. The experience with these cases serves to reemphasize the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for treatable precipitating disorders in patients with acute respiratory failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalCHEST
Volume73
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1978

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