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Document ID (ISN)105098
CIS number 06-643
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wallace G.M.F., Brown P.H.
Title Horse rug lung: Toxic pneumonitis due to fluorocarbon inhalation
Bibliographic information June 2005, Vol.62, No.6, p.414-416. Illus. 10 ref.
Abstract Fluorocarbons are widely used in industry, and manifestations of inhalation toxicity include polymer fume fever, reactive airways dysfunction and bronchospasm. Only seven cases of alveolitis occurring acutely after inhalation have been reported. This paper presents four cases of toxic pneumonitis due to direct inhalation of industrial fluorocarbon used as a waterproofing spray for horse rugs. These cases differ from previous reports and show that chronic as well as acute alveolitis can result from fluorocarbon inhalation. Corticosteroid treatment may be beneficial. The need for stricter control in the workplace is emphasized.
Descriptors (primary) fluorinated hydrocarbons; chemical pneumonitis; waterproofers
Descriptors (secondary) obstructive ventilatory impairment; case study; polymer fume fever; inhalation toxicity; allergic alveolitis; bronchospasm
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Fluorocarbons
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Halogenated hydrocarbons