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Case Report

Fire-Eater’s Lung

National Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Department of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Warsaw, Poland
Department of Internal Diseases, General Hospital in Kościerzyna, Koscierzyna, Poland
National Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Department of R adiology, Warsaw, Poland
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Adv. Respir. Med. 2016, 84(6), 337-341;
Submission received: 9 August 2016 / Revised: 20 October 2016 / Accepted: 20 October 2016 / Published: 7 December 2016


Fire eater’s lung (FEL) is an acute hydrocarbon pneumonitis caused by aspiration or inhalation into airways of liquid hydrocarbons. This disorder is classified into distinct form of chemical toxic pneumonitis. An amateur fire-eater is presented in this work. He accidentally aspirated into airways about 1/3 of glass of grill lighter fluid composed of mixture of liquid hydrocarbons. A few hours after this incident he had severe symptoms like weakness, high temperature, midsternal pleuritic chest pain, myalgia of the back, shortness of breath, and dry cough. Radiologic examination revealed consolidations with well−defined cavitary lesions (pneumatoceles) in lower lobes mainly in the left lower lobe. After one week of this event clinical improvement was observed. The lesions resolved nearly completly during three months. The review of the literature connected with fire-eater’s lung is also presented.
Keywords: hydrocarbon pneumonitis; liquid hydrocarbons with low viscosity; pneumatoceles hydrocarbon pneumonitis; liquid hydrocarbons with low viscosity; pneumatoceles

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Załęska, J.; Błaszczyk, A.; Jakubowska, L.; Szopiński, J.; Polaczek, M.; Grudny, J.; Zych, J.; Roszkowski-Śliż, K. Fire-Eater’s Lung. Adv. Respir. Med. 2016, 84, 337-341.

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Załęska J, Błaszczyk A, Jakubowska L, Szopiński J, Polaczek M, Grudny J, Zych J, Roszkowski-Śliż K. Fire-Eater’s Lung. Advances in Respiratory Medicine. 2016; 84(6):337-341.

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Załęska, Jolanta, Arkadiusz Błaszczyk, Lilia Jakubowska, Janusz Szopiński, Mateusz Polaczek, Jacek Grudny, Jacek Zych, and Kazimierz Roszkowski-Śliż. 2016. "Fire-Eater’s Lung" Advances in Respiratory Medicine 84, no. 6: 337-341.

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