Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis associated with occupational indium exposure. (Interstitial lung disease: 4:15pm-5:45pm)

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From: Chest(Vol. 122, Issue 4)
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Article
Length: 514 words

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INTRODUCTION: We report a 51-year-old male hydrogen oven worker with extensive occupational exposure to indium who developed pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). An open lung biopsy specimen analyzed for heavy metals by scanning dispersive X-ray analysis (EDXA) revealed the presence of extensive indium. This is the first case to document pulmonary alveolar proteinosis in association with chronic exposure to indium.

CASE REPORT: A 51-year-old male non-smoker presented to the emergency department with a six month history of progressive shortness of breath and intermittent chest pain. Admission chest radiograph showed fluffy bilateral infiltrates. The patient was hypoxic (85% 02 saturation on room air) and admitted with a presumptive diagnosis of congestive heart failure. He ruled out for myocardial infarction; he also failed to improve with diuresis. The patient remained hypoxic...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A94122432