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Pulmonary Infiltrates Following Butane 'Fire-Breathing'

Pulmonary Infiltrates Following Butane 'Fire-Breathing' Abstract • Rapidly progressive bilateral pulmonary infiltrates occurred in a 19-year-old man following an unusual hydrocarbon abuse. The acute illness was the result of a "trick" known as "fire-breathing." Fire-breathing involves filling the oral cavity with butane gas, from an ordinary butane cigarette/cigar lighter, and exhalation of the volatile vapors over an open flame producing a flame-throwing effect. Because of the pulmonary toxic reaction, this activity could have a serious or even fatal outcome. (Arch Intern Med 1983;143:2007-2008) References 1. Eade NR, Taussig LM, Marks MI: Hydrocarbon pneumonitis. Pediatrics 1974;54:351-356. 2. Zieserl E: Hydrocarbon ingestion and poisoning. Compr Ther 1979;5: 35-42. 3. Cane RD, Buchanan N, Miller M: Pulmonary oedema associated with hydrocarbon inhalation. Intensive Care Med 1977;3:31-33.Crossref 4. Wasserman GS: Hydrocarbon poisoning. CCQ Crit Care Q 1982;4:33-41. 5. Bonte FJ, Reynolds J: Hydrocarbon pneumonitis. Radiology 1958;71: 391-397.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Pulmonary Infiltrates Following Butane 'Fire-Breathing'

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1983 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9926
eISSN
1538-3679
DOI
10.1001/archinte.1983.00350100191037
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Abstract

Abstract • Rapidly progressive bilateral pulmonary infiltrates occurred in a 19-year-old man following an unusual hydrocarbon abuse. The acute illness was the result of a "trick" known as "fire-breathing." Fire-breathing involves filling the oral cavity with butane gas, from an ordinary butane cigarette/cigar lighter, and exhalation of the volatile vapors over an open flame producing a flame-throwing effect. Because of the pulmonary toxic reaction, this activity could have a serious or even fatal outcome. (Arch Intern Med 1983;143:2007-2008) References 1. Eade NR, Taussig LM, Marks MI: Hydrocarbon pneumonitis. Pediatrics 1974;54:351-356. 2. Zieserl E: Hydrocarbon ingestion and poisoning. Compr Ther 1979;5: 35-42. 3. Cane RD, Buchanan N, Miller M: Pulmonary oedema associated with hydrocarbon inhalation. Intensive Care Med 1977;3:31-33.Crossref 4. Wasserman GS: Hydrocarbon poisoning. CCQ Crit Care Q 1982;4:33-41. 5. Bonte FJ, Reynolds J: Hydrocarbon pneumonitis. Radiology 1958;71: 391-397.Crossref

Journal

Archives of Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Oct 1, 1983

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