Acute pulmonary toxicity from crack cocaine


  • Also known as "crack lung"
  • Due to hemorrhagic alveolitis from inhalational crack cocaine use [1]
    • Crack cocaine vaporizes at 187°C[2]

Clinical Features

Differential Diagnosis


  • Generally a clinical diagnosis
  • Consider CXR and labs



  • Admit

See Also

External Links


  1. Forrester JM. Crack lung: an acute pulmonary syndrome with a spectrum of clinical and histopathologic findings. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1990;142(2):462-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Devlin RJ, Henry JA. Clinical review: Major consequences of illicit drug consumption. Critical Care. 2008;12(1):202. doi:10.1186/cc6166.
  3. Kissner DG.Crack lung: pulmonary disease caused by cocaine abuse. Am Rev Respir Dis. 1987;136(5):1250-2.