Arch Dis Child 86:209 doi:10.1136/adc.86.3.209
  • Acute paediatrics

Fulminant pulmonary oedema after administration of a balanced electrolyte polyethylene glycol solution

  1. A Argent1,
  2. M Hatherill1,
  3. L Reynolds1,
  4. L Purves2
  1. 1Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
  2. 2Department of Chemical Pathology, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr A Argent, Institute of Child Health, Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Klipfontein Road, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa;
  • Accepted 9 November 2001

The safety of balanced electrolyte polyethylene glycol (PEG) solutions has been documented in children.1, 2 We describe a previously well child who developed fulminant pulmonary oedema after treatment with Golytely (Braintree Laboratories, Braintree, USA).

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