BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007790
  • Rare disease

Polymer fume fever

  1. Mari Ikeda
  1. Nerima Hikarigaoka Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Taro Shimizu, shimizutaro7{at}


A 29-year-old Japanese man presented with fever, dyspnoea and non-productive cough after massive inhalation of evaporant from a polytetrafluoroethylene-coated cooking pan. Chest CT scan showed diffuse interstitial infiltration in both lungs. Based on the patient history, images and the pan he brought to the hospital, polymer fume fever was strongly suspected. His symptoms dramatically improved over the following 2 days after admission.

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