Eosinophilic Pneumonia Following Occupational Smoke Exposure

  • Yogev Peri Department of Internal Medicine B, Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, Israel
  • Oshrat Tayer Shifman Department of Internal Medicine B, Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, Israel
  • Alon Hershko Department of Internal Medicine B, Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, Israel Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel


acute eosinophilic pneumonia, occupational exposure, eosinophilia


A 21-year-old male patient with a history of occupational exposure to open fire smoke was initially treated with empiric antibiotics for simple community-acquired pneumonia. However, he continued to deteriorate rapidly, developed respiratory failure and needed mechanical ventilation. After possible aetiologies were considered, acute eosinophilic pneumonia was suspected and confirmed by broncho-alveolar lavage. His condition improved dramatically soon after glucocorticoid administration and he was discharged without sequelae. Acute eosinophilic pneumonia should be considered in a patient with a history of exposure to smoke presenting with pneumonia that deteriorates rapidly despite broad antibiotics. An important clue for the diagnosis is eosinophilia in peripheral blood.



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  • Published: 2016-11-28

    Issue: Vol. 3 No. 7 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Peri Y, Tayer Shifman O, Hershko A. Eosinophilic Pneumonia Following Occupational Smoke Exposure. EJCRIM 2016;3 doi:10.12890/2016_000494.