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Pol J Radiol. 2012 Oct;77(4):60-4.

Exogenous lipoid pneumonia - a case report of a fire-eater.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, CMKP (Postgraduate Medical Education Center), Warsaw, Poland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Exogenous lipoid pneumonia is an uncommon condition caused by inhalation or aspiration of a fatty substance. It usually presents as chronic respiratory illness mimicking interstitial lung diseases. Acute exogenous lipoid pneumonia is uncommon and typically is caused by an episode of aspiration of a large quantity of a petroleum-based product. Radiological findings vary and may imitate many other diseases.

CASE REPORT:

We present a rare case of acute exogenous lipoid pneumonia in a fire-eater who aspirated liquid paraffin during his flame-blowing show (fire-eater's lung). He was admitted to the hospital with productive cough, fever, hemoptysis, chest pain and dyspnea. Diagnosis was made on the basis of history of exposure to fatty substance, characteristic findings in CT examination and presence of lipid-laden macrophages in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid.

CONCLUSIONS:

Acute exogenous lipoid pneumonia is a very rare disease that typically occurs in fire-eaters and is called a fire-eater's lung. The diagnosis is made on the basis of typical history and radiological, as well as histopathological findings.

KEYWORDS:

computed tomography; consolidation; fire-eater’s lung; lipoid pneumonia; radiography

PMID:
23269939
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PMCID:
PMC3529714
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