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Vol 84, No 6 (2016)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2016-12-07
Submitted: 2016-08-09
Accepted: 2016-10-20
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Fire-eater’s lung

Jolanta Załęska, Arkadiusz Błaszczyk, Lilia Jakubowska, Janusz Szopiński, Mateusz Polaczek, Jacek Grudny, Jacek Zych, Kazimierz Roszkowski-Śliż
DOI: 10.5603/ARM.2016.0044
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Adv Respir Med 2016;84(6):337-341.

open access

Vol 84, No 6 (2016)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2016-12-07
Submitted: 2016-08-09
Accepted: 2016-10-20

Abstract

Fire eater’s lung (FEL) is an acute hydrocarbon pneumonitis caused by aspiration or inhalation into airways of liquid hydrocarbons. This disorder is classified into distinct form of chemical toxic pneumonitis. An amateur fire-eater is presented in this work. He accidentally aspirated into airways about 1/3 of glass of grill lighter fluid composed of mixture of liquid hydrocarbons. A few hours after this incident he had severe symptoms like weakness, high temperature, midsternal pleuritic chest pain, myalgia of the back, shortness of breath, and dry cough. Radiologic examination revealed consolidations with well−defined cavitary lesions (pneumatoceles) in lower lobes mainly in the left lower lobe. After one week of this event clinical improvement was observed. The lesions resolved nearly completly during three months. The review of the literature connected with fire-eater’s lung is also presented.

Abstract

Fire eater’s lung (FEL) is an acute hydrocarbon pneumonitis caused by aspiration or inhalation into airways of liquid hydrocarbons. This disorder is classified into distinct form of chemical toxic pneumonitis. An amateur fire-eater is presented in this work. He accidentally aspirated into airways about 1/3 of glass of grill lighter fluid composed of mixture of liquid hydrocarbons. A few hours after this incident he had severe symptoms like weakness, high temperature, midsternal pleuritic chest pain, myalgia of the back, shortness of breath, and dry cough. Radiologic examination revealed consolidations with well−defined cavitary lesions (pneumatoceles) in lower lobes mainly in the left lower lobe. After one week of this event clinical improvement was observed. The lesions resolved nearly completly during three months. The review of the literature connected with fire-eater’s lung is also presented.

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Keywords

hydrocarbon pneumonitis, liquid hydrocarbons with low viscosity, pneumatoceles

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Title

Fire-eater’s lung

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 84, No 6 (2016)

Pages

337-341

Published online

2016-12-07

DOI

10.5603/ARM.2016.0044

Bibliographic record

Adv Respir Med 2016;84(6):337-341.

Keywords

hydrocarbon pneumonitis
liquid hydrocarbons with low viscosity
pneumatoceles

Authors

Jolanta Załęska
Arkadiusz Błaszczyk
Lilia Jakubowska
Janusz Szopiński
Mateusz Polaczek
Jacek Grudny
Jacek Zych
Kazimierz Roszkowski-Śliż

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