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Air Duster abuse causing rapid airway compromise
  1. Amanda Winston1,
  2. Abed Kanzy2,
  3. Ghassan Bachuwa3
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Michigan, USA
  2. 2Department of Internal Medicine, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Michigan, USA
  3. 3Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ghassan Bachuwa, gbachuw2{at}


Inhalant abuse is potentially life-threatening and has resulted in many complications such as central nervous system depression, cardiac dysrhythmia and hypoxia. Inhalant abuse causing angioedema is rarely reported in the medical literature. In this report we present a case of rapidly progressive airway compromise following recreational huffing. Our patient required intubation and intensive care unit admission with complete recovery after 5 days. The aetiology of airway compromise is postulated to be due to commonly reported frost bite injury and rarely reported angioedema. To the best of our knowledge this the second case reporting angioedema secondary to huffing Air Duster.

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