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CASE REPORT
‘Pseudo-calcifications’: detection of perfluorocarbon residue on a computed tomography scan 15 years after liquid ventilation therapy at 3 months of age
  1. Sameem Tak1,
  2. Mary Barraclough2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hull, UK
  2. 2Department of Paediatrics, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hull, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sameem Tak, sameemtak{at}hotmail.com

Summary

Partial liquid ventilation using perfluorocarbons is a therapy that was once frequently used in paediatric populations for patients with severe respiratory distress. Perfluorocarbon is a non-toxic, insoluble and radiopaque vector through which improved gas exchange can occur. Two previous cases have been reported of persistent perfluorocarbon residua, identified on imaging years after receiving liquid ventilation therapy. We report a case of perfluorocarbon detection on a CT scan 15 years after liquid ventilation at 3 months of age, and propose the probable mechanism of its appearance. The importance of considering the imaging appearances of ‘pseudo-calcifications’ as a long-term sequela to perfluorocarbon liquid ventilation is emphasised.

  • neonatal and paediatric intensive care
  • paediatrics
  • neonatal intensive care
  • paediatric intensive care
  • mechanical ventilation
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  • Contributors Gathering of information, analysis and researching of the report have been done by ST. MB has critically revised and amended the report.

  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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