Hydrocarbon pneumonitis masquerading as acute lung injury
- 1Department of Internal Medicine, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital, Mumbai, India
- 2Department of Medicine, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College & General Hospital, Mumbai, India
- 3Department of Medicine, Seth G. S. Medical College & K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai, India
- Correspondence to Dr Makardhwaj Sarvadaman Shrivastava,
Hydrocarbon pneumonitis is an acute, intense pneumonitis resulting from aspiration/inhalation of volatile hydrocarbon compounds with low viscosity and surface tension. The authors describe the case of a 24-year-old male who aspirated diesel while siphoning it from heavy duty crane, developed bilateral pneumonitis and responded to 2-day therapy with non-invasive continuous positive airway pressure ventilation.
Competing interests None.
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