Diphosgene Exposure Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Sep 19, 2023
  • Author: Paul P Rega, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Zygmunt F Dembek, PhD, MS, MPH, LHD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Noncardiogenic pulmonary edema due to diphosgene (DP) must be distinguished from noncardiogenic pulmonary edema due to other causes. Features in the history that suggest DP include the following:

  • Mass casualties
  • A terrorist or military attack
  • Gas exposure
  • Delayed onset of pulmonary edema following symptom onset

Differential Diagnoses