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Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 1990 Nov 20;110(28):3614-6.

[Pulmonary damage caused by ski waxing].

[Article in Norwegian]

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Medisinsk avdeling, Lungeseksjonen, Nordland Sentralsykehus.


It is well known that inhalation of pyrolysis products of perfluorinated hydrocarbons (e.g. Teflon) may result in polymer-fume fever and even pulmonary oedema. A new type of ski wax has recently been introduced, a powder consisting of low-molecular perfluorinated hydrocarbons. We report a case history of a man who developed an attack of polymer-fume fever and pulmonary oedema after smoking cigarettes contaminated with this ski wax. Inhalation of vapour from ski waxes melted at low temperatures may also be harmful to the lungs.

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