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Acute respiratory distress syndrome induced by oral methadone managed with non-invasive ventilation
  1. Z A Ridgway1,
  2. A J Pountney2
  1. 1Department of Anaesthesia, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Zoe A Ridgway
 Department of Anaesthesia, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX, UK; zoe.tom{at}


Non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema is an uncommon complication of both methadone and heroin overdose, often requiring a period of invasive ventilation due to its severity. We report the successful, early use of non-invasive ventilation in the management of non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema secondary to a non-fatal overdose of oral methadone.

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