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European Radiology

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 31–33 | Cite as

Acute hydrocarbon pneumonia after white spirit aspiration: sequential HRCT findings

  • David Facon
  • Jean Coumbaras
  • Emmanuelle Bigot
  • Fouad Bahlouli
  • Alain Boissonnas
  • Marie-France Bellin
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Abstract

Hydrocarbon pneumonia is a very uncommon condition resulting from aspiration of mineral oil into the lung. We report the first description of early and sequential high-resolution computed tomographic (HRCT) findings of hydrocarbon pneumonia following attempted suicide by white spirit aspiration. Initial HRCT showed patchy opacities of coalescing masses with well-defined walls. They were visible in the middle lobe, lingula and lower lobes. Follow-up CT showed regression of the alveolar opacities, the presence of pneumatoceles and right asymptomatic pneumothorax. After 23 months of follow-up, the patient remained asymptomatic, and the follow-up CT scan was considered normal. The radiological features and a review of the relevant literature are briefly discussed.

Keywords

Lung diseases Aspiration Pneumonia Pneumatocele Chest imaging High-resolution computed tomography 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Facon
    • 1
  • Jean Coumbaras
    • 1
  • Emmanuelle Bigot
    • 1
  • Fouad Bahlouli
    • 1
  • Alain Boissonnas
    • 2
  • Marie-France Bellin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Hôpital Paul-Brousse, AP-HPUniversité Paris 11Villejuif Ce dexFrance
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine, Hôpital Paul-Brousse, AP-HPUniversité Paris 11Villejuif CedexFrance

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