Fatal acute pulmonary oedema after inhalation of fumes from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)

C. H. Lee, Y. L. Guo, P. J. Tsai, H. Y. Chang, C. R. Chen, C. W. Chen, T. R. Hsiue

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Abstract

The cases of three patients with acute pulmonary oedema caused by inhalation of fumes from heated polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) in a plastic factory are described. One patient died from profound hypoxaemia and shock shortly after admission, and the other two patients survived after medical treatment. This is the first report of fatal pulmonary oedema in a worker exposed to PTFE heated in a plastic extruding operation. From this observation, it appears that inhalation exposure to pyrolytic products from polytetrafluoroethylene can cause fatal respiratory complications. Special precautions are warranted in this kind of operation to prevent workers from being exposed to these substances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1408-1411
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jun 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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