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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 90-92

Blowing balloons and pulmonary talcosis: An uncommon hazard

1 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, ESI-PGIMSR, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, ESI-PGIMSR; Institute of Occupational Health and Environmental Research, ESIC Hospital, Basaidarapur, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Dipti Gothi
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, ESI-PGIMSR, Basaidarapur, New Delhi – 110 015
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DOI: 10.4103/ijoem.IJOEM_222_18

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A 65-year-old nonsmoker man presented with bilateral upper lobe conglomerated calcific opacities with basal reticulations. The patient denied any significant occupational exposure. Repeated and persistent enquiry revealed an intense exposure to talc 20 years back, from blowing balloons stained with talc powder for a period of 1 year. To the best of our knowledge, only one case has been reported in the past with talcosis due to balloon blowing.


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