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Severe pneumonitis after fire eating


Franzen, D; Kohler, M (2012). Severe pneumonitis after fire eating. BMJ Case Reports:online.

Abstract

A 38-year-old, previously healthy fire eater presented with severe pneumonitis after incidental aspiration of an unquantifiable amount of petroleum. The chest CT revealed extensive pulmonary consolidations, and the laboratory results showed massively elevated inflammatory markers. An intravenous antibiotic treatment was started and, after improvement of symptoms and inflammatory markers, continued orally for a total of 3 weeks, despite negative results of blood cultures and urinary pneumococcal and legionella antigen tests. The patient's symptoms subsided completely, and a CT scan 10 weeks after the accident showed complete resolution of the lung consolidations. Aspiration of petroleum is associated with a severe inflammatory response of the lung, but if bacterial superinfection can be prevented with early antibiotic treatment, even a severe presentation of a fire eater's lung usually follows a benign course with complete recovery.

Abstract

A 38-year-old, previously healthy fire eater presented with severe pneumonitis after incidental aspiration of an unquantifiable amount of petroleum. The chest CT revealed extensive pulmonary consolidations, and the laboratory results showed massively elevated inflammatory markers. An intravenous antibiotic treatment was started and, after improvement of symptoms and inflammatory markers, continued orally for a total of 3 weeks, despite negative results of blood cultures and urinary pneumococcal and legionella antigen tests. The patient's symptoms subsided completely, and a CT scan 10 weeks after the accident showed complete resolution of the lung consolidations. Aspiration of petroleum is associated with a severe inflammatory response of the lung, but if bacterial superinfection can be prevented with early antibiotic treatment, even a severe presentation of a fire eater's lung usually follows a benign course with complete recovery.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic and Policlinic for Internal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Pneumology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:30 Nov 2012 07:39
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:07
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:1757-790X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1136/bcr-2012-006528
PubMed ID:22948995

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