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Occupational pulmonary aluminosis: a case report.

Smolková P, Nakládalová M, Tichý T, Hampalová M, Kolek V - Ind Health (2014)

Bottom Line: The final diagnosis of pulmonary aluminosis was established after three years of gradual exclusion of other interstitial lung diseases.The diagnosis was supported by the occupational history confirmed by hygiene assessment of the patient's workplace and especially by histological examination with elemental analysis of the lung tissue.The possibility of development of this rare condition should not be underestimated in workers at high-risk jobs.

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Affiliation: Department of Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic.

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The authors present a case of occupational lung damage from exposure to dust containing aluminium. The first detected objective pathological finding was that of dispersed micronodules in the lungs seen in a chest radiograph. The final diagnosis of pulmonary aluminosis was established after three years of gradual exclusion of other interstitial lung diseases. The diagnosis was supported by the occupational history confirmed by hygiene assessment of the patient's workplace and especially by histological examination with elemental analysis of the lung tissue. The possibility of development of this rare condition should not be underestimated in workers at high-risk jobs.

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fig_001: Patient’s plain chest radiograph with numerous dispersed micronodules and bilateralhilar enlargement.

Mentions: The first symptoms of the disease were noticed in September 2006 and included severeexertional dyspnoea with non-productive cough. The patient was afebrile, with a BMI of26.64. Otherwise, physical examination including lung auscultation showed no abnormalities.At that time, a plain chest radiograph revealed numerous dispersed micronodules withbilateral hilar enlargement (Fig. 1Fig. 1.


Occupational pulmonary aluminosis: a case report.

Smolková P, Nakládalová M, Tichý T, Hampalová M, Kolek V - Ind Health (2014)

Patient’s plain chest radiograph with numerous dispersed micronodules and bilateralhilar enlargement.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig_001: Patient’s plain chest radiograph with numerous dispersed micronodules and bilateralhilar enlargement.
Mentions: The first symptoms of the disease were noticed in September 2006 and included severeexertional dyspnoea with non-productive cough. The patient was afebrile, with a BMI of26.64. Otherwise, physical examination including lung auscultation showed no abnormalities.At that time, a plain chest radiograph revealed numerous dispersed micronodules withbilateral hilar enlargement (Fig. 1Fig. 1.

Bottom Line: The final diagnosis of pulmonary aluminosis was established after three years of gradual exclusion of other interstitial lung diseases.The diagnosis was supported by the occupational history confirmed by hygiene assessment of the patient's workplace and especially by histological examination with elemental analysis of the lung tissue.The possibility of development of this rare condition should not be underestimated in workers at high-risk jobs.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Occupational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic.

ABSTRACT
The authors present a case of occupational lung damage from exposure to dust containing aluminium. The first detected objective pathological finding was that of dispersed micronodules in the lungs seen in a chest radiograph. The final diagnosis of pulmonary aluminosis was established after three years of gradual exclusion of other interstitial lung diseases. The diagnosis was supported by the occupational history confirmed by hygiene assessment of the patient's workplace and especially by histological examination with elemental analysis of the lung tissue. The possibility of development of this rare condition should not be underestimated in workers at high-risk jobs.

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Related in: MedlinePlus