Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia
Print version ISSN 1806-3713
BEZERRA, Patrícia Nunes et al. Hard metal lung disease in an oil industry worker. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2009, vol.35, n.12, pp. 1254-1258. ISSN 1806-3713. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-37132009001200015.
Hard metal lung disease, which manifests as giant cell interstitial pneumonia, is caused by exposure to hard metal dust. We report the case of an oil industry worker diagnosed with hard metal lung disease. The diagnosis was based on the clinical, radiological and anatomopathological analysis, as well as on pulmonary function testing.
Keywords : Alloys [adverse effects]; Cobalt; Tungsten; Occupational exposure; Lung diseases, interstitial.