Fire-eating: Hazards of hydrocarbon aspiration

Guandalini, M. and Steinke, K. (2007) Fire-eating: Hazards of hydrocarbon aspiration. Australasian Radiology, 51 6: 567-569. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1673.2007.01892.x


Author Guandalini, M.
Steinke, K.
Title Fire-eating: Hazards of hydrocarbon aspiration
Journal name Australasian Radiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-8461
1440-1673
Publication date 2007-12
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1673.2007.01892.x
Volume 51
Issue 6
Start page 567
End page 569
Total pages 3
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A 30-year-old male fire eater presented following aspiration of hydrocarbon fuel during a performance. A plain chest radiograph carried out 2 h after aspiration showed left lower lobe consolidation. The patient subsequently developed worsening shortness of breath, haemoptysis, fever and myalgia and a repeat plain chest radiograph showed extensive bilateral pulmonary consolidation with mediastinal and bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy. Computed tomography showed features consistent with necrotizing pneumonia. The clinical course was complicated by the development of large pleural effusions, pneumatocoeles and a spontaneous pneumothorax. Early abnormalities on a plain chest radiograph following suspected hydrocarbon aspiration require close monitoring for the development of further life-threatening complications.
Keyword Aspiration pneumonia
Computed tomography
Hydrocarbon
Pneumonitis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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