Exogenous lipoid pneumonia due to chronic inhalation of oily product used as a lubricant of tracheotomy cannula

Antonio Tancredi, Paolo Graziano, Roberto Scaramuzzi, Gerardo Scaramuzzi, Illuminato Carosi, Vito Attino, Antonello Cuttitta, Marco Taurchini

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Exogenous lipoid pneumonia (ELP) is caused by the inhalation of vaporized oily products. Long-term exposure can result in chronic disease, whereas acute form usually results from massive aspiration of fatty substances. It has an incidence of 1.0%–2.5%. In case of symptomatic patients, the clinical presentation mainly includes acute or chronic respiratory symptoms such as dyspnea, fever, cough and less frequently chest pain, hemoptysis, or weight loss. Radiological findings are often aspecific or misinterpreted, and ELP is sometimes misdiagnosed as a malignancy of the lungs. Patient history and radiological findings can lead to a suspicion of ELP, but histological microscopic findings of intra-alveolar lipid and lipid-laden macrophages are required to confirm the diagnosis The mainstay of treatment consists of avoiding ongoing exposure and providing supportive care as repeated whole-lung lavage, corticosteroids, and/or immunoglobulins. Surgery is reserved for cases of high suspicion of cancer or serious clinical impact (as recurrent infections). Prognosis is benign, even if it has been reported cases of progression to severe respiratory failure, cor pul-monale, superinfection, and association with lung cancer. Here, we describe a case of ELP due to chronic inhalation of oily product (Vaseline) used as a lubricant of tracheotomy cannula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalEurasian Journal of Medicine
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2018

Keywords

  • Fatty lubricant
  • Lipoid pneumonia
  • Tracheotomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Exogenous lipoid pneumonia due to chronic inhalation of oily product used as a lubricant of tracheotomy cannula'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this