Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage secondary to plastic fume exposure: A case report
A 31-year non-smoker man, working in plastic making industry for 12 years presented with cough and streaking hemoptysis for 2 days. Computed tomography (CT) of chest showed patchy ground glass opacities with interlobular septal thickening in bilateral lung parenchyma. Fiber optic bronchoscopy (FOB) was done. Sequential lavage was taken which showed progressively increasing hemorrhagic fluid. His diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide (DLCO) was 38.08 mL/mmHg/Mi (126%) predicted on day 2 of admission, 32.36 ml/mmHg/Mi (106%) predicted on discharge and 39.63 mL/mmHg/Mi (130%) predicted on going back to work. He was diagnosed with plastic fume exposure related pulmonary alveolar hemorrhage.
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