inhalation injury

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Related to inhalation injury: Smoke inhalation injury

inhalation injury

damage to the pulmonary parenchyma caused by inhalation of substances such as very hot air, toxic gas, asbestos, and chemical products of plastic manufacture.

in·ha·la·tion in·ju·ry

(in'hă-lā'shŭn in'jŭr-ē)
Trauma to the throat, lungs, and associated areas caused by fire, exposure to toxins, or lethal gases.

inhalation injury

Injury to the oropharynx, nasopharynx, trachea, bronchi, or lungs from exposure to smoke or heated gas. This injury is a potentially life-threatening complication of exposure to smoke and fire and is often present in those who have suffered facial burns; firefighters are esp. at risk. Early complications of inhalation injury include bronchospasm, airway edema, airway obstruction, and respiratory failure. Late complications include hospital-acquired pneumonias and other respiratory illnesses. Patients suspected of inhalation injury should be promptly and repeatedly assessed to make certain they have an open airway. Emergent tracheal intubation is used to prevent respiratory failure. See: carbon monoxide


Patients who have suffered smoke inhalation injury may complain of dyspnea, cough, and black sputum. Stridor may be present if the upper airway is narrowed as a result of inflammation. Confusion may occur if carbon monoxide poisoning is also present.

Synonym: smoke inhalation injury
See also: injury


1. the drawing of air or other substances into the lungs.
2. any drug or solution of drugs administered (as by means of nebulizers or aerosols) by the nasal or oral respiratory route.

inhalation injury
bronchiolitis and pulmonary edema result from the inhalation of smoke.
inhalation pneumonia
see aspiration pneumonia.
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