Apr 1, 1991

Acute silicosis due to inhalation of a domestic product

The American Review of Respiratory Disease
C DumontetD Peyramond

Abstract

A 20-yr-old woman with no history of pulmonary disease presented with acute dyspnea and fever. After various investigations and treatments the symptoms persisted and a lung biopsy was performed. Pathologic analysis disclosed the presence of silicotic crystals within lung tissue and mediastinal lymph nodes. The patient admitted having repeatedly inhaled a domestic scouring powder rich in silica during the preceding 6 months. This is the first report of acute pulmonary silicosis developing after exposure to a common household product.

Mentioned in this Paper

Crystal - Body Material
Lung
Mediastinal Lymph Node Group
Acute Disease
Acute Dyspnea
Biopsy of Lung
Lung Diseases
Silica Measurement
Crystal Structure
Inspiration Function

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