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Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 159, Issue 5, pp 147–148 | Cite as

Talc lung in a drug abuser

  • A. D. Hill
  • M. E. Toner
  • M. X. FitzGerald
Brief Report

Summary

We report a case of intravenous talcosis in a 36 year old woman. Although she initially denied drug abuse clinical suspicion was aroused by the finding of obliterated peripheral veins, a pleural rub and a peripheral nodular lesion on chest x-ray. Diagnosis of intravenous talcosis was confirmed by finding birefringent particles on transbronchial biopsy. Confronted with this evidence the patient admitted long-standing drug abuse, including intravenous injection of crushed methadone tablets which contain talc filler.

Keywords

Talc Drug Abuser Transbronchial Biopsy Intravenous Drug Abuser Progressive Lung Disease 
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Copyright information

© Springer 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. D. Hill
    • 1
  • M. E. Toner
    • 1
  • M. X. FitzGerald
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Vincent’s HospitalDublin 4

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